Black Lives of UU unveils UUA General Assembly 2017 Full Schedule

The Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism Organizing Collective is proud to publish our full schedule for this year's General Assembly. In addition to programming inside the Explicitly Black Healing Space run by the BLUU Ministerial Network, the schedule includes a joint worship service with DRUUMM, several workshops, a plenary session in the main hall and an opening reception on Wednesday evening opening the Healing Space.

BLUU 2017 Convening Presidential Forum Update

We are pleased to offer this short update and follow up from the Black Lives of UU 2017 Convening - UUA Presidential Forum. Candidates Rev Susan Frederick-Gray & Rev. Alison Miller kindly provided written responses to several Black UU submitted questions that we were not able to cover in New Orleans in March.

**NOTE: Rev Jeanne Pupke provided her responses to the Black Lives of UU Team on May 26. We post and share them here as a courtesy.

Watch the full recording of the initial forum at the bottom of this page and click below to access the written responses to the additional questions.

 
Moderators Dr. Takiyah Nur Amin & Dr. Royce James 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 were able to submit questions ahead of time and onsite.

Black Lives of UU hosts Multi-Faith Panel on Confronting White Supremacy in Faith Institutions

The Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) Organizing Collective is excited to host this much needed, online panel discussion. Together, will discuss the many issues that people of faith doing liberation work confront within religious institutions. Our conversation will focus on strategies for challenging and dismantling institutional racism within faith communities and what resources might be useful in confronting oppressive structures meant to hold us back.

Full Program Announced for 2017 Black Lives of UU Convening

The Black Lives of UU Organizing Collective is pleased to make the full 2017 BLUU Convening Program available. With over 100 Black UUs scheduled to attend the historic gathering in New Orleans, LA, the event program is focused on connection, collaboration and creating a shared vision for Black Lives of UU. 

Program Highlights include:

 

 

Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism Convening announces historic UUA Presidential Forum

Pictured: current candidates for UUA President, Rev Susan Frederick-Gray, Rev Allison Miller & Rev. Jeanne Pupke

Pictured: current candidates for UUA President, Rev Susan Frederick-Gray, Rev Allison Miller & Rev. Jeanne Pupke

With it’s first ever National Convening just a month away, the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism Organizing Collective is excited to make an exciting programming announcement. All three candidates for UUA President, Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, Rev. Alison Miller & Rev. Jeanne Pupke, will join the convening on Saturday March 11 for a historic Presidential Forum moderated by lead organizers Takiyah Nur Amin, PhD & Royce James PhD. 

Dr. Amin shares, "I'm excited about the upcoming BLUU convening and understand its historical importance, growing out of the intersection of engaged faith practice and the long struggle for Black Liberation more broadly. The forum we'll be hosting with candidates for UUA President is especially significant in that it creates a space for candidates to respond specifically and directly to questions from Black Unitarian Universalists."

“We as Black people have been integral to the faith since its inception. Living this legacy, we look forward to the opportunity to renew Black voices in the democratic principles of our faith tradition.” added Dr. James.

With close to 100 Black Unitarian Universalists set to gather in New Orleans from March 9-12, this Presidential Forum is just one of many program elements the collective has planned for attendees. “For us, this convening is an opportunity to learn from our past, be clear about our present & plan together for our future as Black UUs, said Convening Coordinator Leslie Mac. 

Black Unitarian Universalists can submit questions for the forum in advance via an online form. Registrants will receive access to the form next week via email with form access also available via the Explicitly Black UU Facebook group run by the BLUU Organizing Collective. The forum will also be broadcast via Livestream for those will not be in attendance at the Convening.

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements in the coming days from the Convening team.

New Pastoral Care leader join the Black Lives of UU Organizing Collective

We are so excited to announce the addition of Adam Dyer to the Black Lives of UU Organizing Collective. Adam joins BLUU to focus specifically on pastoral care needs and other theologically based projects.

We are particularly overjoyed that Adam is joining the collective in advance of the March 9-12 BLUU Convening.

Full information about both Adam can be found below:

Adam is a Unitarian Universalist Candidate for the Ministry and this spring he will complete his M.Div. at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California.  His life's work focuses on disrupting the lingering effects of colonialism on modern culture.  Specifically, he is committed to: liberating faith and spirituality from biases that stem from exclusively privileged world views; exploring healthy concepts of how people experience their bodies as expressions of their lived experience; and working to counter the social oppression that is entrenched in traditional Western economic models.  Upon graduation, he will also receive a Certificate in Sexuality and Religion for which he has studied and worked closely with leaders in LGBTQ communities and youth in sexuality education.   

Adam sees his ministry developing out of his long held belief in the shared beauty and power of human bodies and his belief that the ability to make healthy, informed choices and decisions about our bodies is at the heart of the divine gift of human life.
 
Born in New York City and raised in Framingham, Massachusetts, Adam attended college at Princeton University where he majored in English Literature and Creative Writing. Early on, he pursued a performing arts career which allowed me to travel around the globe working as a cruise director.  Ultimately, Adam had the great fortune to appear in the original Broadway company of Ragtime the Musical. Prior to pursuing the ministry, he became a well known personal trainer, fitness instructor and massage therapist.  Learn more about his journey on the Life Beyond Ministry page.

Registration is now open for 2017 Black Lives of UU Convening

We are pleased & excited to announce registration for the 2017 Black Lives of UU National Convening is now OPEN. The very FIRST Black Lives of UU Convening will take place in New Orleans, LA on March 9–12, 2017.

Being held at The Double Tree by Hilton, this historic event will bring together Black Unitarian Universalists from across generations. Over the course of four days together we will co-create spiritual nourishment and healing through ritual, worship and pastoral care.

As a community we will help design what we want for ourselves and our faith now and for the future. Black Lives of UU rose out of the Movement for Black Lives and we need YOU to join us in justice making and liberation through our faith.

All Black Unitarian Universalists are encouraged to attend. Financial assistance is available for registration fees, transportation & housing. Please visit http://www.blacklivesuu.com/convening2017 for full event information & registration.

Black Lives UU acknowledges historic UUA Board support

Today, the UUA Board affirmed support for Black Lives of UU with a motion allocating $300K to address our short term organizing needs, AND a commitment to meeting our long term request for financial support in the amount of $5 million. This moving act of solidarity followed a stirring presentation to the Board by Black Lives of UU Organizing Collective members Leslie Mac and Rev. Carlton E Smith.

We acknowledge those that came before us in the struggle for self determination as Black UUs, and we are overcome with emotion at this historic moment for our faith.

To read the full statement visit:
http://bit.ly/HistoricUUABoardSupportBLUU

You can also read more in coverage from UU World here: http://www.uuworld.org/articles/board-commits-5-million-bluu?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=oct17

Rev Carlton E Smith & Leslie Mac present to the UUA Board on Friday Oct 14

Rev Carlton E Smith & Leslie Mac present to the UUA Board on Friday Oct 14