Black Lives of UU is pleased to announce a new initiative: #BLUUSupports!
This new program extends our goal of justice making and liberation through our faith by highlighting a different project, program or organization each month that aligns with our Unitarian Universalist principles and the principles of Black of Lives of UU.
SEPTEMBER 2018 #BLUUSupports Designee:
Uzazi Village, Kansas City, MO
BLUU has always sought out opportunities to make authentic, effective connections between the UU faith and Black people doing incredible justice and equity work in their communities. For the last five months the BLUU Lead Team & Staff have been making connections with a host of incredible Black organizers in Kansas City leading to an incredible community dinner at Uzazi Village this past Spring.
Out of that gathering we learned more about the need to focus on Black and Brown Pre/Post Natal Wellness. The recent national attention via multiple reports highlighting the dangerous state of the health and wellness of Black Mothers and children is something the Black and Brown Kansas City organizing community has long been working on. This month we urge direct donation support of Uzazi Village a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health inequities in the KC community, with models of care that can be community supported and sustained and replicated throughout the country.
JUNE 2018 #BLUUSupports Designee:
African Francophone Unitarian Universalist Ministry
BLUU is thrilled to be supporting this African Francophone Unitarian Universalist ministry, led by Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana. We are putting up a $5,000 match! We have 56 days to raise $5,800 through this Faithify! Please help us by making your gift and inviting others to contribute! Watch the video below to learn more about this amazing project!
May 2018 #BLUUSupports Designee
The Black Trans Prayer Book
This incredible project is spearheaded by J Mase III and Lady Dane Figueroa is an interfaith, multi-dimensional, artistic and theological work that collects the stories, poems, prayers, meditation, spells, and incantations of Black TGNC contributors. Often pushed out of Faith spaces and yet still deeply connected to a historical legacy of spiritual essentiality, Black TGNC People face unprecedented amounts of spiritual, physical, and psychological violence. The Black Trans Prayer Book is a tool of healing, and affirmation centered on uplifting Black TGNC people and celebrating our place within faith.
What does it mean to have a faith practice that simultaneously challenges white supremacy and transphobia? Where is there a theological framework that centers the most marginalized and creates pathways towards an active spirituality moving alongside social justice? How might a spiritual practice not in tune with these questions cause harm? The #BlackTransPrayerBook, is holding these very questions.