Racial Justice is one of the most urgent, powerful justice issues of our time. As Unitarian Universalists, we affirm and promote our Seven 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.
The content on this page is curated by two active racial justice groups at UUCC: the Black Lives Matter Team, which is focused specifically on the movement for Black lives; and Leading Edge Conference attendees, who aspire to view and act on the congregation’s vision through a multicultural and anti-racist lens.
Read more about the philosophy behind UUCC’s commitment to racial justice:
- In Between Sundays – Black Lives Matter – Sept 2015
- UUA Action of Immediate Witness, June 2015
- Black Lives Matter, Board of Trustees Minute, April 26, 2015
- Seven Principles of Black Lives
What we’re doing at UUCC:
- Courageous Conversations about Race – an interfaith initiative to have more honest and difficult conversations about race, racism, and bias
- Black Lives Matter team – meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7pm at OBIC
- Vigil at The Mall in Columbia – 2nd Sundays of each month at Windstream Road and Governor Warfield in Columbia, 4-5pm
- Hosting Conversations for Change
- Supporting Penn North Kids Safe Zone
- Participating in Black Lives Matter actions throughout Maryland and DC
Simple things you can do today:
- Dine at a black-owned restaurant – http://www.blackrestaurantchallenge.com/
- 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!
Sites we like:
- Black Lives Matter – Maryland Facebook group
- UUA’s Racial Justice page
- Black Lives of UU – Facebook community
Recommended Readings: Books
- 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