Darien United logo by Nobu Miki

Darien United Campaign: Town Organizations Unite to Promote Diversity and Inclusion

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A group of organizations in Darien are coming together around a
common cause: celebrating diversity and promoting an inclusive community. — an announcement from the organizers of Darien United

The YWCA Darien/Norwalk, the Darien YMCA, Darien Library, and Minority Voice have partnered to launch Darien United, a campaign that aims to make sure Darien is a welcoming place, particularly for people of color, LGBTQ individuals, immigrants, and people with mental or physical disabilities. ______________________

Here’s how the Darien United project is described by its organizers:

“Darien United is a grassroots initiative made up of Darien residents and local leaders who commit to creating and supporting a welcoming community that respects and encourages contributions of all people, in all our beautiful variety of race, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, class, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, language, mental and physical ability, military status, and immigration status. “We commit to upholding these values within our town, organizations, and businesses, as both aspirational and operational guideposts in our everyday practices and priorities.” ______________________

The idea was first conceived and inspired by local artist and activist Nobu Miki, who is the founder of Minority Voice, a support group for women of color in Darien.

Letter: Darien United Supports ‘Our Darien’ Campaign to Rein In Risky Drinking

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To the editor:

This letter expresses Darien United’s support of the “Our Darien” campaign launched by the Thriving Youth Task Force of The Community Fund of Darien. This Campaign is vital to our community as it addresses the important issue of underage binge drinking as well as how surrounding community-wide norms can contribute to adolescent alcohol abuse. Darien United is a coalition of youth workers representing churches in the community as well as the ministries we lead. We provide a platform of mutual collegial support and event planning in order to create safe spaces for students where they can be themselves, enjoy substance-free fun, and explore the intersection of life and faith. We are proud to be clergy members of the Thriving Youth Task Force as our missions inherently converge.

Darien United Youth Group 910-25-16

70 Kids from Three Churches at 1st Meeting of ‘Darien United’ Youth Group

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Darien United, a youth group comprised of kids from three churches, launched this Sunday with over 70 young Darienites in attendance. _____________

— an announcement from Darien United


The group, hailing from First Congregational, St.Luke’s Episcopal and Noroton Presbyterian got together to help the kids learn that in a world that is constantly dividing us, people can put differences aside and work and learn together. First Congregational youth minister Gary Morello helped to orchestrate the unprecedented town youth ministry, and is excited to help to “young people a platform to engage in relationships as well as learn about pure moral character.”

This was just the first meeting of what promises to be a growing group.