Solidarity with Black Lives
The UUCPA Action Council has compiled resources for joining in the movement that has surged in response to the murder of George Floyd.
For information on other selected local demonstrations, vigils and online events, visit:
Regular Online Events
#HonorLivesLost Weekly Ritual
A weekly online candle-lighting ritual every Sunday from 8:00-9:00 p.m. PDT to honor lives of incarcerated people lost to COVID-19. Hosted by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and others. To sign up, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/248860039548027/
To get the password, you must join the group’s e-mail list or e-mail Amy in advance. This group is open to all and accountable to people of color, but is specifically geared to empowering white people to take anti-racist action.
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has taken a strong stance in support of people of color in the wake of the events of recent weeks. The following are actions they suggest for UU congregations that want to commit to Black liberation fully:
- Support the
uprising and commit to joining other UUs in working to combat the violence
of militarism and the police state. Share this message widely
with your networks. Speak about your convictions in support of Black
liberation. Articulate your support of Black organizing, grounded in your
faith and conscience. Have hard conversations with your family, your
social networks, your neighbors. And sign up to
be connected with a network of UUs committing to learning, reflecting, and
the front line organizers providing leadership. Give your money,
ask others to give, and take up a collection at your Sunday service in
support of organizations like Black
Visions Collective, Reclaim the
Block, and Minnesota
- Remember, this work requires spiritual deepening and reorienting related to ideas about safety. If Black people, Indigenous people, other folks of color, and other historically marginalized people don’t feel safe in our congregations, then our congregations aren’t welcoming or inclusive. We must examine our assumptions about whose safety is protected by law enforcement. Engage spiritual practices for challenging moments, and start the work of building alternatives to policing.
Read the Unitarian Universalist Association’s full press release.
The June 2 UUA Virtual Prayer Vigil was very powerful and remains online for all to partake of.
Allies for Racial Equity is the UU organization of white allies in people of color’s struggle for liberation.
For UU People of Color: Solidarity and support
DRUUMM—Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries—is a collective of people who identify as People of Color. Subscribe to their newsletter via their website, or follow their very active presence on Twitter. The Gathering Place is DRUUMM’s online community forum for Unitarian Universalists of Color to gather, connect, and grow in relationship to one another.
BLUU (Black Lives of Unitarian Universalists) expands the power & capacity of Black UUs within our faith; provides support, information & resources for Black Unitarian Universalists; and works for justice-making and liberation through our faith.