Sunday: Memorial Day Service
and Black Lives Matter Banner Installation
“Black Lives Matter is the civil rights movement of our age,” says Rev. Roberta Finkelstein.
WHAT: First Unitarian Church of Wilmington will cap its Memorial Day Weekend service with the installation of two large banners along Rte. 202 in Sharpley, proclaiming the congregation’s support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
WHEN: Sunday, May 29. Service begins 10:30 am; procession and banner display approximately 11:20 am.
WHERE: First Unitarian Church of Wilmington, 730 Halstead Rd. (corner Whitby Rd. and Rt. 202), Wilmington DE 19803. The banners will be displayed on church property along the west side of Concord Pike, just south of Whitby Rd.
WHY: First Unitarian Church is acting on its Unitarian Universalist (UU) religious principles, the first of which is “the inherent worth and dignity of every person.” UUs have a long history of working for justice, equity, and compassion in human relations, seeking to bring about a world community of peace, liberty, and justice for all.
We consider Black Lives Matter to be the Civil Rights movement of our age,” says Rev. Roberta Finkelstein, minister. Church members, who are largely white, have prepared to publicly support Black Lives Matter with a 10-hour workshop series “Being White in the Black Lives Matter Movement” and two congregational meetings to discuss their public commitment.
Both the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA) and First Unitarian Wilmington’s board of trustees have adopted resolutions in support of Black Lives Matter. UUA President Rev. Peter Morales calls Black Lives Matter “a cry of outrage in the face of the specter of the repeated killings of black people … [and] a cry of protest against the continued marginalization of millions of African Americans.”