Racial Justice is one of the most urgent, powerful justice issues of our time. As Unitarian Universalists, we affirm and promote our 7 Principles, and as members of UUCC, we promise to challenge each other to live our values. We express these values through the commitment and energy that we give to this critical movement.
About Our Black Lives Matter Team
Our Black Lives Matter Team, which is focused specifically on the movement for Black lives.
Read or listen to more about the philosophy behind UUCC’s commitment to racial justice:
- What Now? – January 2020 (MLK Sunday worship service)
- Notes from October meeting between Paige and UUCC’s 4th Principle Group – November 21, 2019
- Response from Rev. Paige Getty to July 31 UUCC LETTER – September 24, 2019
- Message to the Congregation from the Board of Trustees – August 2, 2019
- Message to the Congregation from Rev. Paige Getty – July 20, 2019
- Message to the Congregation from Rev. Paige Getty – July 10, 2019
- The Power of We by UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray – March 2019
- In Between Sundays – The Family Stone – February 2019
- Of, not About – January 2019 (MLK Sunday worship service)
- Troubled Waters (a worship service about the Middle Passage) – February 2018
- ‘Other’ – January 2018
- Is It Me? White Supremacy Teach-In – May 2017
- UUA Reaffirmation of Commitment to Racial Justice – June 2016
- In Between Sundays – Black Lives Matter – Sept 2015
- UUA Action of Immediate Witness – June 2015
- Black Lives Matter, Board of Trustees Minute – April 2015
- Seven Principles of Black Lives
- The Eighth Principle of Unitarian Universalism
- Toward an Anti-Racist UUA – 1997 Business Resolution
What We’re Doing
UUCC Black Lives Matter Team & the 8th Principle
The UUCC Black Lives Matter Team endorses the Board of Trustees’ resolution to dismantle racism and other oppressions as a clear and public expression of UUCC’s commitment to anti-racism work within and beyond the congregation. We support the explicit acknowledgement of our denomination’s responsibility to strive for justice in our own faith community, which continues to struggle with the innumerable effects of the white supremacy that pervades our society at large. We believe UUCC must engage in this struggle while rigorously practicing our fundamental values of compassion, respect, freedom, responsibility, and interdependence, thus creating an unprecedented opportunity to enrich our relationships with each other and heal the wounds we all carry from systemic racism.
We hope the congregation adopts the resolution presented by the Board at our Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 7, at 6:30 pm (with check-in at 6 pm).
Other things we’re doing:
- Courageous Conversations about Race – an interfaith initiative to have more honest and difficult conversations about race, racism, religion, and bias
- Deconstructing Whiteness Book Club and other anti-racism book groups
- Vigil at The Mall in Columbia – 2nd Sundays of each month at Windstream Road and Governor Warfield in Columbia, 4-5pm
- Black Lives Matter team – meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7pm at OBIC
- Hosting Conversations for Change
- Supporting Penn North Kids Safe Zone
- Participating in Black Lives Matter actions throughout Maryland and DC
Things you can do in your everyday life:
- Dine at a black-owned restaurant in the Baltimore area
- Wear a #BlackLivesMatter button
- Make eye contact, smile, and say hello. No matter the color of someone’s skin. Listen to others’ stories and validate their experiences.
- Follow #BlackLivesMatter leaders on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and learn from their comments
- Order and wear a #BlackLivesMatter t-shirt
- Spend a few minutes exploring the links on this page!
Site We Like
- Black Lives Matter – Maryland Facebook group
- UUA’s webpages on Racial Justice and Dismantling White Supremacy
- Black Lives of UU – Facebook community
- When We Know Better, We Must Do Better by Laurie Stone Sirtosky
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
- Waking Up White by Debby Irving
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
- How to Be Less Stupid About Race by Crystal M. Fleming
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stephenson (UUA 2015-2016 Common Read)
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander (UUA 2012-2013 Common Read)
- The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist
- Left Bank Books in St Louis MO has published a Black Lives Matter reading list
Have a book to suggest? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.