Universal Spirit Center
is committed to creating awareness and action
for the realization of racial equality for all.
ACTION OF THE WEEK:
The Evaluating Policing in San Diego Report confirms that SDPD stops Black drivers at higher rates compared to any other group. The PrOTECT (Preventing Overpolicing Through Equitable Community Treatment) PrOTECT Ordinance will:
Require officers to have probable cause to stop, detain or search anyone including “Fourth Waivers” - people on probation or parole who have waived some of their Fourth Amendment rights.
Require probable cause for searches.
Prohibit officers from questioning people about any offenses beyond the offense for which they were stopped unless the officer have probable cause.
Sign this petition urging city council and Mayor Todd to pass the PrOTECT ordinance which ends pretext stops and consent searches.
Movie of the Month
with Conversation on
May 21, 2021 at 6:30pm (Community Room Button on website)
This documentary exposes prejudices and threats to civil liberties in facial recognition algorithms and artificial intelligence.
Watch it on Netflix
To our communities in the United States of America, we extend our compassion as many take in the meaning, relief, and complex emotions that follow on the Derek Chauvin trial verdict. As a result of worldwide protests following George Floyd's death, this moment is significant beyond one nation, touching on the common hope from countries across the globe for accountability and meaningful steps toward healing. And we grieve with the Floyd family, understanding that a verdict does not take away the pain of their loss.
Tuesday's verdict represents a small but significant step in healing the consciousness that has brought us to where we are, and it points to the work ahead of us to dissolve bias, inequity, and injustice so that our world may indeed work for all.
We know that love is still the most powerful energy in the universe. As one of the many names of the Divine, we invoke Divine Love to keep our thoughts, actions, and words rooted in our Oneness so that as a human race, we come to embrace a new reality where racial equity and social justice are the operating norms in society.
We understand that when we stand for the dignity and safety of others, we ourselves come to a deeper understanding of our Oneness and shared sacred heritage. We have faith that the consciousness of Oneness we are calling in is what transforms the unjust into the just, separation into unity, and empowers each of us to co-create safe and healthy communities for all.
Rev. Edward Viljoen, DD (hon.), Spiritual Leader, CSL
Rev. Masando Hiraoka, Chair, Spiritually Motivated Social Engagement Cmte.
Rev. D. Jaqueline Edwards SMSE
Rev. Cindy Grimes, SMSE
Ayodele Mcclenney, RScP. Leadership Council
Rev. Martha Quintana, Global Services CSL
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& KITCHEN CONVERSATIONS
Every Wednesday brings forth new spiritual ideas and awareness. Inspired by today’s climate, yesterday’s pain, and the promise of a new tomorrow.
We seek to share wisdom and spiritual solutions amid uncomfortable conversation and inner self awareness.
Join us every first and third Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm for Kitchen Conversations “probing the questions on racism.”
A Wakening Wednesday every second and forth Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm. Arousing a deeper connection to our spiritual ideas.
A Life that Mattered
Patrick Lynn Warren, Sr.
(1969 - 2021)
Pastor Patrick Lynn Warren Sr. suffered from mental illness and yet he was able to be the sole support for his family. He and his wife, Bobbie, had three children, Patrick Jr, Dumon, and Shaquon (who has Down Syndrome). He is also survived by his mother, four brothers, five sisters, and one grandson.
A Bryan, Texas native, Mr. Warren was a pastor at a local Killeen church. Mrs. Warren said, “Patrick was a loving husband, father and devoted man of God. Patrick spent his entire life serving others. He worked at a local plant in Belton, TX before it was shut down due to the pandemic. He immediately launched a landscaping business to continue to provide for our family.”
Pastor Warren was shot and killed by a police officer on January 10, 2021, during a mental health crisis, by someone the family called for help. For those unfamiliar with the trauma suffered when a call for mental health help turns deadly, we suggest reading further, and turning the discomfort you feel into action.
Source: KCENTV Photo Credit: Legacy.com
Sign the Justice for Patrick Warren Sr. petition supporting the family's call for justice - having the officer, Reynaldo Contreras, fired, arrested and prosecuted for Warren’s death.