Black Lives Matter
Some of our neighbors and some members of our UUFC community have asked about the Black Lives Matter banner that hangs outside on our building. What does support for Black Lives Matter mean for a faith with “Universalist” in our very name?
“To proclaim that Black Lives Matter is not to say that other lives do not. In this church we celebrate the inherent value of every life. Each life matters, but not all lives are equally at risk. Black Lives Matter is an attempt to spotlight and interrupt the persistent patterns of institutional racism which always leave persons of color on the margins, more vulnerable, with less protection. Black Lives Matter insists that the Beloved Community will not be achieved while these differences persist. Black Lives Matter calls us to solidarity in the service of justice. Black Lives Matter is an affirmation that we have not…yet…given up on the American Dream.”
-Rev. Bill Sinkford
Rev. Jill McAllister’s response to controversy with the UU Minister’s Association.
Want to learn more?
A daily blog by Nicole Cardoza where you can sign up to receive a daily email on a variety of topics aimed at addressing systemic and interpersonal practices that uphold white supremacy and systems of oppression; resources to support your education; and
action you can take to practice anti-racism.
Black Lives Matter initiative working for policy change to address police killings, excessive force, profiling and racial discrimination, and other problems in law enforcement.
Sacred Conversations on Race (+Action) Facilitators’ Guidebook
Developed by Metropolitan Congregations United in St. Louis Missouri with the Gamaliel Network.
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
A national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice.
A Resource List compiled by our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Team.
The New Jim Crow
A book by Michelle Alexander, the 2012-2013 UUA Common Read
The New Jim Crow
A sermon by Rev. Marlin Lavanhar from All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa, OK
A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time. UUA Common Read 2015-2016.
An NPR podcast “hosted by journalists of color, [which] tackles the subject of race head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to
history, sports and everything in between.”
The racial profiling, police brutality, voting restrictions, and mass imprisonment of African Americans and other people of color in the United States (dubbed the “New Jim Crow” by civil rights advocate and scholar Dr. Michelle Alexander) is a moral outrage.
“As Unitarian Universalists (UUs), our dedication to global justice, equity, and dignity leads us to join hands across lines of race, class, age, and geography and work for an end to the injustices faced by black people in our communities, so that every person is treated equally under the law and has a fair chance at life.”
on Black Lives Matter