BLACK LIVES OF UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM
UUA PROGRAM TRACK OVERVIEW

The Black Lives of UU Organizing Collective is pleased to offer a 4 Session Program Track designed to be both information and transformational.

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MOVEMENT FOR BLACK LIVES CONVENING & EXPLICITLY BLACK SPACES

Moderated by:

  • Leslie Mac 

Panelists:

  • Rev Carlton Smith
  • Lena K. Gardner
  • Isis James
  • Elandria Williams

In July 2015, the Movement for Black Lives Convening gathered 1200+ Black people to build, learn & heal together in Cleveland. UU's were among the key organizers of M4BL & many UU attendees were sponsored by the UUA.

This panel will focus on reflections from this historic weekend, context for much needed Black Only spaces and the impact M4BL had on participants

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BLACK LIVES IN UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST HISTORY

Presenter by:

  • Kenny Wiley

'Black Lives Matter' is more than a rallying cry--it's a movement both "out there" and "in here," within our faith. Black Unitarians and Universalists have a long, uncelebrated history.

Black UUs, then and now, have shaped our theology and challenged Unitarian Universalism to live up to its promise--and its promises. Join the Black Lives of UU organizing collective for an interactive exploration of Black UU his(her)story that takes us from the multifaith convictions of Frances Harper to the triumphs and disappointments of today.

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INTRODUCTION TO ANTI-BLACKNESS

Black Facilitators

  • Lena K Gardner
  • Rev. Carlton Smith

Non-Black POC Facilitators

  • Rev. Marisol Caballero 
  • Joseph Santos-Lyons

White Facilitators

  • Julie Taylor
  • Bob LaVallee
  • Caitlyn Breedlove
  • Drew MacFadyen
  • Rev. Ashley Horan

Anti-blackness is a global phenomenon that affects people in every cultural and ethnic group. Within larger systems of structural oppression, it translates to higher rates of social ills, including poverty, unemployment, poor health outcomes, and substandard housing.

After a grounding presentation, groups will discuss the impact of anti-blackness in our congregations, our families, our work places, and our larger society. We will also look at ways of countering its impact.

This workshop will be offered at the same time to three groups:

  • Black Identified

  • Non-Black People of Color

  • White Allies

This workshop is built in conjunction with the final track session

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OUR ON-GOING WORK

Black Facilitators

  • Lena K Garner
  • Rev. Carlton Smith

Non-Black POC Facilitators

  • Aisha Hauser
  • Joseph Santos-Lyons

White Facilitators

  • Julie Taylor
  • Bob LaVallee
  • Caitlyn Breedlove
  • Drew MacFadyen

For our last interactive workshop, we focus on questions with real-world examples and solutions.

  • How do we utilize our learning from the BLUU track, other GA moments and our previous organizing work?
  • How does this help us shift what we are doing to transform our UU landscape and other larger contexts?
  • How are black people to be empowered in mostly white congregations?

This first half of this double session workshop will be offered at the same time to three groups:

  • Black Identified

  • Non-Black People of Color

  • White Allies

The second half of the workshop will bring all 3 groups back together.

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