Black Lives of UU Explicitly Black Online Discussion Forum

Join Black Lives of Unitarian Universalist on June 6 at 9:00 PM ET to help shape the Congregational Study/Action Issue: "A National Conversation on Race"

Moderated by BLUU Lead Organizer Kenny Wiley & CSAI Author Debra Greenwood, this online forum invites Black Unitarian Universalists to talk about the message, language & purpose of this important 2016 General Assembly CSAI.

Requirements for Black UU's to participate:


PROPOSED CONGREGATIONAL STUDY/ACTION ISSUE:
A NATIONAL CONVERSATION ON RACE

Issue:  The blatant racism directed at President Obama, increased killings of unarmed Black men by police officers, persistent racial inequity, as well as the attacks on the Black Lives Matter Movement show that our country needs a faith community to demonstrate leadership in modeling racial reconciliation through a national conversation on race.

We can no longer wait for someone else to figure out how to help us recognize and combat racism, or to effect reconciliation.  Our denomination and our nation cry out for guidance towards love and compassion.

By now, the names have become all too painfully familiar.  Black teens are 21 times more likely to be shot and killed by police than their white peers.  Our Faith calls us into leadership on this issue.  We have the tools and the will to make a significant impact towards racial reconciliation.

We have much to learn from one another.  We have much to teach the world.  Let us begin the conversation to bring love and healing to the world.  Together we can.

Grounding in Unitarian Universalism:  Principles 1, 2, 6 & 7 direct us to work for a just and compassionate world.  Reconciliation among racial and ethnic groups is vital for realizing this goal. 

Topics for Congregational Study:

  • What is the definition of race?  Racism?  Prejudice?  Discrimination?  Bigotry?
  • What was your earliest realization of race?
  • How has race informed your life choices?  Where you live?  Work?  Go to school?  Shop?
  • Has the US been complicit in promoting racism through some of its national policies?

(immigration, internment camps, slave codes, Indian Appropriation Act, etc.)

  • Do you think people are born racist?  Why or why not?
  • Do you believe we can ever eradicate racism?  Why or why not?
  • What hopes and fears do you have around racial reconciliation?

Possible Congregational/District Actions: 

  • Intra- and inter-congregational guided conversation series on race
  • Invite speakers from the Black Lives Matter  and other movements to address congregations and districts
  • Increased implementation of curriculum and use of resources available to congregations through the Multicultural Growth and Witness office, and other sources.
  • Partner with local congregationsto jointly and separately promote racial reconciliation

Related Prior Social Witness Statements