Kittens Found Under Rt. 93 – Looking for Loving Permanent Homes

May 30, 2006

Hi. We are four kittens (two brothers and two sisters) that were found at a construction site under Rt. 93 in Boston. We are currently living with a foster family, but we would really like to find permanent homes. Our names are Blake, George, Savannah and Olivia, but if you adopt us you can give us new names – we don’t mind.

We would like to be adopted in pairs. Me (that’s George) and my brother Blake would like to be adopted together because we are really best friends. We like to chase balls, jump on things, and sneak up on our sisters. I’m the most outgoing (that’s why I’m writing this) and me and Blake both love to cuddle and play. And my sisters Savannah and Olivia love to sleep and cuddle together and they want to go to a home together. They are a little more shy, but just as sweet. They also like to chase things, be rubbed under the chin, and sleep on soft blankets.

We need to go where we are indoor-only cats – living outside as kittens was really hard on us and we don’t want to face that again. When our foster parents got us we were covered with thick dirt and grime. We like it best inside where it is clean and there is no rain. We were found only a few days after the big rain storms and were wet and cold and hungry. We also need to go to a home where we will never be declawed- ouch! We are FIV/Feline Leukemia negative, and we’ve all been fixed and had our shots. If you want two new kittens to your home, we would be good candidates. We are litter trained. You would need to keep us for our whole lives, take us for yearly vet check-ups, please promise you won’t ever give us away, and won’t declaw us or let outside and especially if you really like to play and cuddle, please email our foster mom. We are fostered through Second Chance Shelter in Jamaica Plain and in order to adopt us you’ll have to fill out an application. And there is a $100 fee for each of us that covers our shots, medical care, and getting fixed. We know it seems high, but doctors prices are expensive these days! If you would like to visit us, we’re in Somerville, MA and our foster mom will set up an apt. for you to see us. We’re so excited to meet some new people and maybe find a home! Because often SO MANY people reply to kitten ads (we’re just so cute, I guess) our foster mom can’t respond to every single request. She spends a lot of time caring for us and plus she is also a student so she can only respond to a few people. She responds to people in the order they reply and if one family doesn’t work out, she goes on to the next. Thank you for your understanding about that. Please say if you want to adopt me and my brother, or if you want to adopt my sisters and if you want you can say a little about yourself. My foster mom’s email is. Thank you very much.
Sincerely, George the kitten
p.s. Below are some pictures of us.

Savannah – with white stripe down her nose

Olivia with black stripe down her nose.

George rests on the feather bed.

Blake hangs out in the bathtup

George discovers catnip.

The brothers take a nap together.

The sisters cuddle with their friend Gustav.

What’s to come…

May 30, 2006

The next post will be of the foster kittens (finally!). I’ll link to it from Craigslist where we advertise for potential adopting families.

Otherwise, I have a few things I’ve been meaning to write about but thanks for a never-ending paper, it just hasn’t happened yet.

Here is what’s to come after the paper is done (or, should I say IF it is ever done):

In UU World Bill Sinkford writes about what he calls the central act of religious community. You can see the article here. He says that the central act of the religious community is worship. I’m not so sure.

I’m going to the reproductive rights conference sponsored by Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom in DC next week. SYRF is a subgroup of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. I’m interested to see what it will be like and to learn more.

Now onto the foster kittens. I hope soon I’ll be back to my regular blogging self.

Greetings to FUUSMers

May 21, 2006

Hi especially to friends and members of First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleboro that read this. Just a note to let you know that I have not, in fact, fallen off the face of the earth but rather with travel to Kentucky and final papers I’ve had to be home recovering from travel or working hard for the last few Sundays. Officially, my “job” at FUUSM runs from September to May 1, but I will still be around quite a bit this summer continuing work on the Green Sanctuary project, adult education, and other things here and there. W. and I will attend our “home” church here in Cambridge some, too. Just to provide an update since a few kind souls have emailed to wonder where I am :)

And, for those of you waiting breathlessly for the pictures of the new foster kittens, it will be a few more days because the first set of pictures had them all with glowing eyes and it looked like we had a collection of possessed kittens. So as soon as final papers are turned in we’ll have another photo session and you can see the cute little faces of Blake, George, Savannah and Olivia. Back to the paper-writing grind. -Elizabeth

Why are U.S. Americans so religious?

May 21, 2006

Does anyone know a good article or book (or several) that explains why U.S. Americans are so religious/Christian (for instance, as compared to Europe which is so secular)? I’m sure I could find some, but I’m wondering if there are ones people know of that are actually good or accepted as pretty on-target. I know, I know. I’m in divinity school and should know this. But I don’t.

An Addendum

May 21, 2006

After sharing my thoughts about the anti-racist filled GA schedule with my fellow UU seminarians, someone pointed out that the reason the schedule is so full of such workshops is, in part, because seminarians are expected to have training in such anti-racist stuff, but there was an ongoing complaint that there weren’t enough opportunities for such training. Soooo…. the smart people at the UUA created more opportunities for training at GA. Thus the reason for the 6001 workshops on anti-racist work. It doesn’t really completely counter my uncomfortability about UU anti-racist/white allies work in general, but it helps explain my GA schedule complaints. And, I was thinking, I suppose it is better to over-do anti-racist rhetoric than to under-do it. Still, though, I look forward to a day when the work of the UUA and UUs makes more sense to me and seems more authentically helpful to the situation on institutionalized racism — more action and less rhetoric. But that is just my gut reaction. I’ll report back after GA and maybe have a different take….

Another day of sun! Yayyyy!

Thou doth protest too much, methinks

May 18, 2006

I know it has been said about a zillion times before, but I feel like some UUs have taken on being anti-racist, anti-oppression, etc. as a hobby. It is ALL OVER the GA schedule. There must be 6000 workshops on how to organize anti-oppressive stuff, how to be anti-racist, how to develop anti-racist policies. As if if you have enough workshops on it or say anti-racist enough that will somehow fix the institutionalized racism that is all over the place including in each and every one of our lives when we live in our nice white neighborhoods, send our kids to private schools, and do all the millions of other things that privileged middle class UUs do every day. I know I need to think a lot more about this to articulate something clear and coherent about it, but I’m sure that having ten zillion workshops on anti-racist, anti-oppression work will not make a lot of difference. A tad maybe, but not much. The thing is that supporting equality for everyone is hard. A lot harder than organizing trainings, making manuals, passing resolutions, and having meetings and worships theme around anti-oppression. And I just don’t think that UUs in general (like most middle class people in general) are willing to do the hard stuff it would take to transform institutional racism. While I am not claiming to have the answer, I’d say somehow interacting with black and Hispanic people and communities would be a good start. (Which brings this bizarre image to my mind of white UUs going out to try to recruit people of color just to have diversity, which of course doesn’t work so well either in so many ways… which of course points out that it is a difficult thing when you want to be diverse but somehow don’t manage to attract the diverse people you want to have in your group….) . Which is why I think that the urban ministry work is a step in the right direction. You don’t have to run around with anti-racist stamped on your forehead for that. Rather, the work of engaging and working together with communities where people are different and substantially less privileged speaks for itself. It is work of solidarity. Work with other people and communities rather than working about them somehow. It brings to mind my all time favorite quote, “If you have come to help me, don’t waste your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, let us work together.” Which I’m sure applies to the anti-racist work of UUs except the small thing of “working together” since most UU communities are very removed from most communities of people of color. I hope this isn’t too politically incorrect by UU standards. OBVIOUSLY, I am not against equality for all people and the hard work and focused work it takes to get there. I am just suspicious of all the UU stuff where lots of white, pretty well off people seem to chant anti-racism, anti-oppression stuff together, to each other, until they are blue in the face. Maybe there is some sort of account out there of the difference this actually makes. I’m sure it makes some. I would just like to read more about how this is actually the best way to go. I could be convinced. I am just not there yet. The thing that gets me (I’ll stop after this) is what the black and hispanic and other people of color and other oppressed peoples would think of all this. If I showed this to B, one of the amazing young men I’ve mentored from Dayton, OH…and now I think you would say we are friends or pseudo-family rather than mentor/mentee since he is 19 now and we’ve known each other for 12 years.. but anyway, I think he would just crack up and think it was weird if he saw all the workshop titles and statements. Anyway, I’m sure I’ll have nice things to say about the GA program soon. And I’ll attend some of these anti-racist things to see what they are all about. Don’t knock it until you try it, as they say.

It’s Here!

May 18, 2006

I’m sure, like me, you’ve all be waiting with bated breath for the GA schedule. And here it is! Aside from attending all sorts of exciting and fun workshops, I’ll also be volunteering at the UUFETA* (Unitarian Universalists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) booth and hocking, er, I mean selling stoles made by my mom! She has volunteered to donate part of the proceeds to UUEFTA (the booth is expensive – I think around $800!) and then she’ll keep the rest. This is her attempt at a post-retirement job. She retires in December. When I get a chance, I’ll post pictures of her wares. She is really an amazing seamstress (and I’m not just saying that because she is my mom) and has taken her stole-making career seriously and done all sorts of research about stoles and Unitarian Universalism. Need a stole? My Mama will make one of the most beautiful ones you’ve ever seen for cheaper than you can get them elsewhere. More on the stoles, GA and…. our new foster kittens (!!!) soon. Enjoy the beautiful weather. Elizabeth :)

*Officially, UUFETA is named UFETA. However, as one little way to guard against what I see to be an unfortunate trend of Unitarian Universalism being shortended to Unitarianism, I call it UUFETA to guard agianst the slippery slope of one U. Not that it makes a big difference – but it makes me feel like I’m doing my little part. :)