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The Advisory Team serves in a guidance capacity to the Black Lives Unitarian Universalism Organizing Collective Board. Members of the Advisory Team share their gifts in service to the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) mission by providing our organization with their professional expertise; their diverse knowledge of constituent perspectives; their connections to local, national and international resources including but not limited to financial and fundraising networks, colleagues or peers; their philanthropic support or other forms of needed assistance.

The Advisory Team has two main roles within the organization, the first is to provide guidance to the BLUU Organizing Collective Board. The second is to serve as a fundraising entity for BLUU. The BLUU Organizing Collective Board is the ultimate decision-making body of BLUU. However, the BLUU OC Board is required to consult with the Advisory Team in helping to lead, grow, and develop our growing spiritual community. 

Role of the BLUU Advisory Team

  • Provides important skills and gifts to the organization. 

  • Provides the central fundraising entity in the organization.

  • Provides critical guidance and advice to the BLUU Organizing Collective Board. 

  • Provides a means for involving people who are willing to give critical assistance but may have limited time. 

  • Creates a direct link to important professional and technical expertise.

  • Act as ambassadors for the organization in UU communities and in their own communities. 

  • Assists in efforts to increase organizational support.

  • Enlisting help from others.


  • Appointed by the BLUU OC Board of Directors 

  • Appointed to a two-year term

  • Can serve up to three consecutive terms 

  • A minimum of 7 to a maximum of 12 slots 


  • Attend at least one yearly retreat in person for the Advisory Team, BLUU will cover all housing, food, and travel costs for attending the yearly retreat. 

  • Attend special events such as the annual meeting and special gatherings as schedules allow

  • Significantly support the organization’s mission (e.g. expert advice, fundraising, promoting and publicizing, presenting at gatherings, other ways you want to contribute!)  

  • Allow the organization to publicize their name and participation on the Board list name organizational communications 

  • Keep informed about and evaluate plans, activities, and needs of the organization as requested

  • Commit to the BLUU working Agreements 

  • Grow organizational culture and capacity of the organization


Current BLUU Advisory Team

DeReau Farrar

Hakima Tafunzi Payni

Leslie Mac

Tim Brennan

Angela Peoples

Rev. Bill Sinkford

Christina Rivera