Our history is made of extraordinary people, places, things, and events. Harriet Tubman. Ida B. Wells. Marcus Garvey. Martin Luther King, Jr. Black Wall Street. The light bulb. The Civil Rights Movement. Middle Passage. But history is not just the past, it is what we create today that lives on for posterity. We are living history every single moment of every day. The choices we make and the people we choose to be influences what we leave behind. We also know that our stories and our histories as Black folks in this faith have been erased not just historically, but currently.
According to the BLUU survey, lack of time and money, as well as the constraints of location and social anxiety, are contributing factors to Black UUs not being able to connect with one another. Team Sankofa has been chosen to lead this fall’s #BLUUMicro30 programming with Living History of Black UUs: Recording Our History As We Live It. In this project, we seek to give each other a platform for telling our spiritual stories through peer to peer interviews and art, music, and poetry submissions. We will compile these submissions into a digital magazine that archives a snapshots of Black UUs spiritual growth in its current form, eliminating many of the barriers for connection.
Our project will begin by connecting you to Regional Leads who will introduce two or more people via email and invite them to participate in interviewing one another. This information will be obtained through the BLUU Canvassing Project, which aims to build a directory of Black UUs. We hope that these connections will enable individuals to build real-life support systems and faith relationships with other Black UUs in their area. If you are unable to connect, you will have the opportunity to record your own 3-min BLUU Story for submission. A new website will be created to hold our stories and provide space for artistic expressions in the themes of family, community, or ancestry through art, music and poetry.
By creating a directory and online platform for the E-zines, writing, photos, and audio/video recordings of the interviews, we can bridge the gap to make stronger connections and supports BLUU’s goals in the following ways:
Expand the power & capacity of Black UUs within our faith: By creating the platform for Black UUs to share stories, we will be able to utilize the collective power of the people to accomplish our goals.
Provide support, information & resources for Black UUs: The lack of information about Black UUs that are no longer with us is one of the reasons we feel isolated in our church communities. By creating this database and resource, we are able to connect Black UUs who may not know each other, and also connect to a larger group of people who are telling their stories.
Justice-making and liberation through our faith: We can find countless books and resources about non-Black UUs and see the care and preservation of culture: why don’t we have the same? To build a solid connection to our faith, we must make sure that each and every person is represented, and that their work is preserved. Our faith calls us to social actions and inclusion. We are responsible for making sure that we are not left behind.
We hope that you will join us for this groundbreaking project documenting our history for the future. This project launches November 1 with an info session and BLUU virtual worship service where we will explain participation, distribute the manual, and connect on a deeper level. To learn more visit the #BLUUMicro30 webpage.