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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.

NOVEMBER 2018 #BLUUSupports Designee:
At Highlander Research and Education Center

Give to the campaign to build and support programming for the NEW Septima Clark Learning Center at the Highlander Research & Education Center in New Market, Tennessee. 

The Septima Clark Learning Center will house Highlander’s storied library and a large multi-purpose room. The building honors Septima Clark’s contributions to Highlander as its Director of Education between 1956-1961, when she and others designed the Citizenship School program to transform black political power in the US South. She later served on Highlander’s Board of Directors.

To give on-line, visit https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1417777 and make sure to click the “Septima Clark Learning Center” button underneath “Designations.” To give via a check, send the gift to 1959 Highlander Way, New Market, TN 37820 and write “Septima Clark Learning Center” in the memo

OCTOBER 2018 #BLUUSupports Designee:
A Trans Ally Toolkit - RAISE YOUR VOICE

Being “an ally” isn’t a title you can give yourself, it’s something that needs to be demonstrated and earned. Being an “ally” is an active verb. It requires us to do something – speak up, make a change, make space. 

SEPTEMBER 2018 #BLUUSupports Designee:
Uzazi Village, Kansas City, MO

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. Direct donations to support 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.