In the wake of the murders of #AltonSterling & #PhilandoCastile the Black Lives of UU Organizing Collective issued a call of action encouraging UU congregations to open their doors and make meeting/healing space available to Black organizers in this difficult time.
We are overjoyed to report that as of today over 70 congregations answered our call. We are currently in the process of matching congregations with local Black organizers but see this response as a positive sign in our faith. A sign that our needs as Black UUs are important to our congregations and that we as a faith are ready to begin the difficult work or rooting out Anti-Blackness in our congregations and communities.
A new page has been created around this call to action. This page includes
Best practices for engaging with Black organizers and organizations
A form to add your congregation to the growing list of UU spaces being offer to facilitate Black organizing & healing
A list of cities where space is available.
More updates will be posted as matches are made. Our hope is to allow this to be an entry point to better connection between our faith congregations and local Black organizers. We also hope this will increase the number of spaces in our buildings where Black UUs feel fully welcome & able to lay down their burdens on the path towards healing.
Please contact Black Lives of UU with questions/concerns about this initiative.