In our final service together we are called together to workshop and provide sustenance as we head back to our regular lives. We leave with hope and positivity ready to step forth & take action collectively and individually.
Our final plenary will focus on the steps ahead of us. How do we move from this place of connection to action? How do we each see ourselves fitting into BLUU moving forward? What are we each bringing back to our congregations and communities?
Facilitators: Lena K Gardner, Royce James & Takiyah Amin
Bring your talents and show the off. Talent show sign up will be available at registration and all meals. Sing, dance, perform, lip sync - we want to see it all! DJ Legatron Prime is back to MC the festivities as well!
Attendees are on their own for dinner tonight. A list of close by restaurants will be provided at registration.
Details will be provided onsite.
This extended session will start with a short grounding exercise, after which attendees will break into geographic groups to connect, build and discuss regional issues they are facing. This will be the first time BLUU has create a space for region based connections between Black UUs
Grounding Exercise: Amanda Weatherspoon & Kim Hampton
Join us for this nourishing service focused on our resilience as Black people of faith and the incredible power of Black Joy.
Moderators Takiyah Nur Amin, PhD & Royce James PhD are joined by all three candidates for UUA President, Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, Rev. Alison Miller & Rev. Jeanne Pupke for a historic Presidential Forum. Attendees can submit questions ahead of time and will have the opportunity to submit questions onsite.
NOTE: Youth attendees will have the opportunity to ask direct questions from the floor.
Facilitators: Dr. Takiyah Amin & Dr. Royce James
Join us for a fun dinner followed by dancing to music from NOLA's own DJ Legatron Prime who will be #SpinningBlackGirlMagic all night long.
This service will be grounded in the historical connections we have both as Black people generally and as Black Unitarian Universalists specifically.
Black UU Youth in attendance are given time to connect with each & build with the Black Lives of UU Organizing Collective.
Facilitator: Kenny Wiley
Dr. Takiyah Amin facilitates a discussion with Dr. Mtangulizi Sanyika, former president of Black Unitarian Universalist Caucus (BUUC) and an instrumental Black leader in the UU faith in the 1960’s. This discussion will center on looking back at the relationship between the UUA and organized Black UUs in the 1960’s with the goal of mining lessons to help us shape our collective future as Black Lives of UU. There will be a brief break after the conversation followed by the opportunity for attendees to ask Dr. Sanyika questions directly.
Facilitator: Dr Takiyah Amin
Guest: Dr. Mtangulizi Sanyika
Join the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism organizing collective for a structured workshop around what comes next for BLUU. Lead organizers Lena K Gardner & Dr. Royce James begin the workshop with a brief history of BLUU along with a presentation of how BLUU hopes to address:
- the pastoral care needs of Black UUs
- resource allocation & procurement for Black UUs
- How to create authentic connections between the UUA faith & the Black Liberation Movement (Movement for Black Lives)
Following the presentation, we will break into small groups to discuss these issues and how to build structure to address them.
Facilitators: Lena K Gardner & Royce James
Small Group Leads: Takiyah Amin, Amanda Weatherspoon, Leslie Mac, Didi Delgado
- MADEWOOD A
- MADEWOOD B
- ROSEDOWN A
- ROSEDOWN B
We set the tone for this historic gathering with this time of spiritual connection via calling those who came before us into the space.
Registration will be closed during the following times for worship:
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Join the BLUU team for a welcome meal and casual mixer kicking off this historic gathering in a fun, festive setting.
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