BLUU Micro 30 Team Meeting
Jun
24
7:00 pm19:00

BLUU Micro 30 Team Meeting

Date: Saturday June 24 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: BLUU Healing Space - R01

Description:
Join the BLUU OC for a follow up meeting with the #BLUUMicro 30 Teams where we will catch up and set goals for our next collective project!

DRUUMM And BLUU Coordinated Worship Service
Jun
24
3:15 pm15:15

DRUUMM And BLUU Coordinated Worship Service

Date: Saturday June 23 - 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Room: 206-207

Description:
Finally, we end with a worship service and return to our UU identities while asking ourselves, what would UUism centered on POCs look like? This leaves us with some visioning and imagining of a future in which we lead from the margins and become the face of our UU movement

Black TLBG/Queer Intergenerational Mixer/Resource Sharing
Jun
24
2:00 pm14:00

Black TLBG/Queer Intergenerational Mixer/Resource Sharing

Date: Saturday, June 24 - 2:00 PM -3:00 PM
Location: BLUU Healing Space, R01

What are our spiritual tools? How do we leave the spaces we gather feeling whole, despite the nonsense we sometimes encounter in our faith, our communities and our world? Join us for this intergenerational mixer and resource sharing space for same gender loving and trans people.

Imagining Black Joy, Fugitivity, and Futures
Jun
24
12:30 pm12:30

Imagining Black Joy, Fugitivity, and Futures

Date: Saturday June 24 - 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: BLUU Healing Space - R01

Description:
This is a time of tension and tumult in our country. However, we know as Black folks in the American context, the need to dream into being a new world where freedom is realized in a way previously unimaginable is upon us once again. Join Berkeley scholar Dr. Michael Dumas in a lively discussion with our very own brilliant scholar Dr. Takiyah Amin in a discussion exploring the concepts of Black joy, the idea of fugitivity as an ontological state and creating our future together. 

with Profs. Michael Dumas and Takiyah Amin

IN OUR OWN WORDS: STORIES OF RECLAMATION: A BLUUMin Worship Service
Jun
23
7:00 pm19:00

IN OUR OWN WORDS: STORIES OF RECLAMATION: A BLUUMin Worship Service

Date: Friday, June 23 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: BLUU Healing Space, R01

"This is flesh I'm talking about here. Flesh that needs to be loved. Feet that need to rest and to dance; backs that need support; shoulders that need arms, strong arms I'm telling you." (From Beloved) In this season, there is much to lament and there is much to be grateful for and grounded in. Join the BLUU Ministerial Network for an evening of celebration, anointing, recommitment, an reclaiming.

Reconvene and Grounding Ritual and Food
Jun
23
5:00 pm17:00

Reconvene and Grounding Ritual and Food

Date: Friday June 23 - 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: BLUU Healing Space - R01

Description:
Join the Drs. Dumas and Amin for an Explicitly Black grounding ritual in the Healing Space.

Anti-Blackness is not just an intellectual idea but something that also can be very difficult to learn about at a heart and spirit level. We will be providing and co-creating space after the Anti-Blackness workshop to recenter in Black joy, in fellowship, and in coming together to lift each other up and share food together. 

BLUU Organizing Collective: An Introduction to Anti-Blackness
Jun
23
3:15 pm15:15

BLUU Organizing Collective: An Introduction to Anti-Blackness

Date: Friday June 23 - 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Room R06

Description:
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. We will also discuss the impact of anti-blackness in our congregations and beyond.

Speakers: Drs. Michael Dumas & Takiyah Amin
Moderator: Lena K Gardner, Executive Director BLUU

Black Lives of UU: Convening and On-Going Work
Jun
23
1:30 pm13:30

Black Lives of UU: Convening and On-Going Work

Date: Friday June 23 - 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Location: Room R06

Description:
All are invited to join the Black Lives of UU collective for an interactive session recapping the March 2017 BLUU convening, and the collective’s ongoing work for liberation. Black Lives of UU serves Black Unitarian Universalists and lives into a long history of anti-racism and Black empowerment within our faith.

Speakers: Kenny Wiley, Dr. Takiyah Amin, Lena K. Gardner, Dr. Royce James, Leslie Mac (via Skype)

Black Trans & Genderqueer Lunch Meet-Up And Caucus
Jun
23
11:00 am11:00

Black Trans & Genderqueer Lunch Meet-Up And Caucus

Date: Friday, June 23 - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: BLUU Healing Space, R01

Join Black Trans and Genderqueer friends, fam and comrades as we break bread together. BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch)! We will have materials to make mini-altars and goodie bags to help us feel connected throughout GA when we're not together.

BLUU - Plenary Session
Jun
23
11:00 am11:00

BLUU - Plenary Session

Date: Friday June 23 - 11:00 AM - 11:20 AM *approximately
Location: Plenary Hall

Description:
Join Black Lives of UU Executive Director Lena K Gardner & Elder Dr. Mtangulizi Sanyika for a discussion from the main GA stage about Black Lives of UUs work thus far and what is ahead.

Black Power Challenges Liberal Religion: Fifty Years Later
Jun
22
5:00 pm17:00

Black Power Challenges Liberal Religion: Fifty Years Later

Date: Thursday June 22 - 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Room 215-216

Description:
BLUU - A retrospective conversation led by Dr. Mtangulizi Sanyika (aka Hayward Henry Jr.), founding chair of the Black Unitarian Universalist Caucus (BUUC) and Black Affairs Council (BAC), 1967-1973, highlighting the challenges and outcomes of the Black empowerment movement of the 1960s and its relevance to the movement for Black Lives today.

Speakers: Dr. Mtangulizi Sanyika, Rev. Dr. Julie Kain
Moderated by BLUU Lead Organizer Dr. Royce James

Black Music For Healing and Sharing
Jun
22
2:00 pm14:00

Black Music For Healing and Sharing

Date: Thursday, June 22 - 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: BLUU Healing Space, R01

Come and bring your voice and any other instruments you brought with you to GA, or discovered along the way, for a chill time to make music together. Led by Jay-Marie Hill.

Black LGBT Lunch Meet-Up And Caucus
Jun
22
11:00 am11:00

Black LGBT Lunch Meet-Up And Caucus

Date: Thursday, June 22 - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: BLUU Healing Space, R01

Join your fellow Black LGBT/Queer friends, fam and comrades as we break bread together. BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch)! We will have materials to make mini-altars and goodie bags to help us feel connected throughout GA when we're not together.

BLUU GA 2017 POCI Opening Reception
Jun
21
7:00 pm19:00

BLUU GA 2017 POCI Opening Reception

  • BLUU Healing Space: R01

Date: Wednesday June 21 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: BLUU Healing Space: R01

Description:
Join the Black Lives of UU Organizing Collective for an information Welcome Reception in the BLUU Healing Space.

The reception will being with an open time of connect with Black UU, POCI folks and white supporters/loved ones. Midway through the event, we will transition the space into the Explictily Black Healing Space with the building of an alter together. We ask Black UUs to bring a small personal item to include on the alter.

Light refreshments will be served.

Mar
12
12:00 pm12:00

Closing Worship: Calling the Diaspora Forward

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM

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.

Mar
12
10:00 am10:00

Clearing Ahead: Moving Forward Together

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM

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

Mar
11
8:00 pm20:00

TALENT SHOW

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM

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!

Mar
11
6:00 pm18:00

DINNER BREAK

Attendees are on their own for dinner tonight. A list of close by restaurants will be provided at registration. 

Mar
11
2:00 pm14:00

Know Thy Neighbor: Community Caucus

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM

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
Facilitators: TBA

Mar
11
10:00 am10:00

UUA Presidential Candidate Forum

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM

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

Mar
10
7:00 pm19:00

DINNER & OPENING PARTY

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.

Mar
10
5:00 pm17:00

Worship: Sankofa Service

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM

This service will be grounded in the historical connections we have both as Black people generally and as Black Unitarian Universalists specifically.