Racial Justice

Racial Justice

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.

Our Philosophy

Read or listen to more about the philosophy behind UUCC’s commitment to racial justice:

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:

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

Recommended Reading

  • 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 blacklivesmatter@uucolumbia.net.

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