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Brooklyn author on social justice to give homily at Unitarian Church

July 19, 2016 By Francesca Norsen Tate Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Daniela Gioseffi. Photo by Anton Evangelista
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Internationally renowned Brooklyn author Daniela Gioseffi has, for more than a half century, devoted her passions to the earth’s health and survival. This Sunday morning, Gioseffi will give a free talk and singing performance at First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn.

Gioseffi, an American Book Award-winning author, is among the first journalists to integrate Deep South television with her work on WSLA-TV in Selma, Alabama. The Ku Klux Klan abused her for her civil rights activism, but even that did not deter her from working for social justice.

Among Gioseffi’s many books is “On Prejudice: A Global Perspective” (published in 1993), which won a World Peace Prize when it was presented at the United Nations that year. The text is used in tolerance teaching worldwide from New York City to Tokyo to London and Madrid.

Gioseffi will give her homily on climate justice titled “Green World Rising” this Sunday, July 24. She will also present an Afro-American spiritual and Native American song. The worship service begins at 11 a.m. and all are welcome.

First Unitarian Church’s summer lay-led preaching series is a longtime tradition that began in 1964. The church, a center of progressive religion, was founded in 1833.

Summer services are held in the McKinney Chapel (next to the main building on Pierrepont St.) from mid-June through Labor Day weekend. Those wishing to present homilies on a variety of topics may submit a proposal in the spring. The remainder of this summer’s themes include “An Imperfect God,” “Mindfulness in Practice,” “The Healing Power of Breath,” “Community Can Be Holy Now” and, on Labor Day, “Religion and Media.”


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