BLUUMin Office Hours
BLUU heard you loud and clear at the March Convening, and so the BLUUMin Network has instituted Office Hours to help meet the pastoral care needs of Black UUs. BLUUMin chaplains will be available to speak with folks by phone on either Tuesday between 2pm and 4pm EST or Saturday between 2pm and 4pm EST.
To make a request for pastoral care, please call or text 984-219-8711. Please leave your name, pronouns (in case we call and need to ask for you), a brief description of the reason for your request, and a number where you can be reached. If you are unavailable during either of the two-hour blocks, please let us know when you would be available.
Meeting Up with Other Black UUs
One of the most difficult aspects of being a Black Unitarian Universalist in a predominantly white congregation and Association is the sense of isolation that persists. So any opportunity to gather face-to-face can offer spiritual uplift that may not otherwise be readily available.
With this in mind, we recognize that we may get the occasional request from a Black UU to meet up with other Black UUs in the area for deeper connection over coffee, a meal, a late night dance party, or a visit to a local congregation. You get the idea. Let's come together to grow together!
So if you're coming into a new area for a limited time or permanently, or just haven't connected with other Black UUs where you've been, click on the link below and fill out the form. And if there are folks in your area who we know about, the BLUUMin Network will be delighted to connect you!
BLUUMin Meet Up Form
Spiritual Sustenance for Our People
Sometimes, folks may want or need a little pick-me-up to help get the day started, or some sort of consistent opportunity for grounding that’s based in words, images, sounds, or movement. With this in mind, part of the work of the BLUUMin Network will be to help develop an online catalog of affirmations, meaningful videos, music and worship services (available in audio and/or video) that can serve as an online devotional space for Black UUs.
This space will be curated and regularly updated by the BLUUMin coordinators with an eye toward bringing black voices across the diaspora to black UUs, as part of our faith development. This spiritual sustenance catalogue will be housed here on the Black Lives UU website and, at some point in the future, folks will be able to request submission of a catalogue entry directly from the site.
In the meantime, if you would like to see particular words, music, videos, etc. catalogued, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and put “BLUUMin Spiritual Catalogue” in the subject heading.
We can't wait to build this resource with you!!!
Daily Affirmations & Voicemail Announcements
In advance of the BLUU Ministerial Network's official May 29th launch, we're inviting Black UUs to sign up for BLUUAffirmations through remind, a one-way, real-time messaging service via push, text or email notification, and/or Calling Post, an automated group calling and messaging service for BLUU announcements. These services can offer us opportunities for uplift, encouragement, and connection.
If you sign up now, you'll get your first messages on launch day. We hope you'll join us!
Reflection & Sermon Archive
Some of us have occasion to offer or be impacted by a sermon or reflection about issues that impact our lives as black and brown people. BLUU would very much like to make space for folks to share the manuscripts and/or videos of these reflections and sermons, archive them and make them available on the BLUUMin Network page. Please be on the look out for a Reflection & Sermon Archive, and if you'd like your work to be included, email it in manuscript or video form to email@example.com.