We meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.
August 23 Topic: Living Our 8th Principle – Anti-Racism Work as Spiritual Practice
Special Guest – John Wright, UUCPA’s Membership Engagement Coordinator will join us in our discussion.
We’ll watch a recorded sermon from the Unitarians in Vancouver, BC (Canada) – note that Canadian UUs have already adopted the 8th Principle. Here is the publicity from the Canadian church:
Our 8th Principle calls Unitarian Universalists “to individual and communal action that accountably dismantles racism and systemic barriers to full inclusion in ourselves and our institutions.”
But … how do we do that? How can congregations put the 8th principle into practice to reconcile with internal racism, take action in our communities, and stand in solidarity with others?
Donovan Hayden will address the challenges of doing anti-racist work and provide insight on how Unitarians can live the 8th principle. Hayden is a Black activist and artist. He is an organizer for the political non-profit Progress Toronto. Donovan has had the opportunity to engage with Unitarians and anti-racism work in both Canada and the U.S. He blends activism and art for the goal of liberation and the dismantling of White supremacy.
Zoom information for the session will be sent to the group list early in the week. If you would like to attend this session and are not subscribed to the email list, please send a request to join to: email@example.com. We welcome new attendees at any time, and you don’t have to be white to attend!
All people of whatever race or background are welcome to attend any or all sessions. We call the group “White Folks . . . ” because we recognize that the work of dismantling white supremacy is for white people to do. It’s also important to have anti-racism learning spaces for white folks, where they can grapple with new ideas about racism and speak candidly about their fears and misconceptions. It can be painful for people of color to witness these conversations, so we have created this space apart from the main body of the congregation.