A congregational discussion of
UU responses to Black Lives Matter
What does our faith require of us?
Beginning Sunday, Nov. 1, Rev. Roberta Finkelstein and a team of church members will offer a series of opportunities to discuss our Unitarian Universalist response to the Black Lives Matter movement, which began after the shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012 and gathered new force following the police shooting of Michael Brown in 2014.
The Unitarian Universalist Association website calls Black Lives Matter “a movement and a stance in response to this reality: the United States was built on a legacy of slavery, racism, and oppression that continues to take new, ever-changing forms. To say that ‘black lives matter’ doesn’t mean that black lives are more important than other lives, or that all lives don’t matter. The systemic devaluing of Black lives calls us to bear witness, even as we acknowledge that oppression takes many intersecting forms.”
At the 2015 General Assembly, delegates passed an Action of Immediate Witness un support of Black Lives Matter. Read more about it in the Fall issue of UU World.
Here’s an outline of the series:
Sunday, Nov. 1, 9:30 a.m. Room 25. Faithful Dialogue. Video and discussion of recent remarks by Sen. Elizabeth Warren that “black lives matter, black families matter, and black citizens matter.” Judy Govatos will host the screening and lead the discussion. Sen. Warren’s speech will begin promptly at 9:30, so don’t be late! (If you cannot join this discussion, you will find Sen. Warren’s speech on YouTube. Click here.)
Nov. 8—Sermon: “Fighting Injustice”
Sunday, Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship. “Fighting Injustice,” third in a sermon cycle by Rev. Finkelstein exploring First Unitarian Church’s mission.
Nov. 15—Sermon Talk-back
Sunday, Nov. 15, 9:30 a.m. Faithful Dialogue. Talk-back on Rev. Finkelstein’s Nov. 8 sermon. See description in Adult Education listings. Brunner Chapel.
Sunday, Dec. 6, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., Room 25. First of a four-session workshop led by Rev. Finkelstein and a volunteer team. This workshop was developed by Rev. Kate Lore, social justice minister at the First Unitarian Church of Portland, Oregon. Subsequent sessions will be on Dec. 13, Jan. 17, and Jan. 24.
Free registration for the workshop series “Being White in the Black Lives Matter Movement” is now available online (click here)—or call the church office to reserve your place. Participation is not limited to those who think of themselves or identify as white, but participants should commit to attending at least three of the four sessions: Dec. 6 & 13 and Jan. 17 & 24.
Child care will be available for all four workshops for persons who register and request it at least two weeks in advance. Check the boxes on the online registration form or tell the church office the dates and number of children for whom you will need child care.