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.