Black Lives Matter at the UU Fellowship

 

Our Black Lives Matter squad is one of five squads on our Side With Love social justice team.  Since 2017, our BLM squad has hosted outreach events with our wider community.

Perhaps more fundamental to our spiritual grown has been the many gatherings we have hosted to create space for us to dig deep and listen — learn — grow.

Next meeting:

Tuesday April 12, 7p.m.

Our BLM group meet to continue the deep discussion about moving forward with the 8th principle. In addtion, many of us are participating in the UU the Vote postcarding, which is targeting Black registered voters in Rockdale County, GA.

Join us on Zoom: http://bit.ly/UUFP_BLM_Event


Here are some events we have hosted in the past:

  • Poetry slams
  • Learning circles that include reading and discussion of authors such as the late bell hooks, Robin DiAngelo, Ibram X. Kendi
  • Congregational common read of Imani Perry’s “Breathe: A Letter to My Sons”
  • Film screenings and discussions (“Get Out” and “Black Panther”)
  • Study of the proposed 8th Principle of the UUA, including planning several worship services; screening the video “Holding Ourselves Accountable:  The 8th Principle and the Future of Our Faith,” a conversation with Paula Cole Jones (one of its principal authors)
  • Recommendation of a congregational vote on Dec. 12, 2021, asking for the approval of the adoption the 8th Principle by our congregation

If you are interested in joining our Black Lives Matter squad or another of our social justice squads, fill out our Side With Love questionnaire or contact us at BLM@uuplattsburgh.org.

By unanimous vote on Dec. 12, 2021, the fellowship chose to adopt the 8th Principle!

The 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism reads:

“We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”

Black Lives of UU (BLUU) Organizing Collective encourages all Unitarian Universalists to advocate for the formal adoption of an 8th principle, articulating a commitment to the dismantling of white supremacy within the stated principles of our faith.

Many of us read and hear of the continued deaths of black men at the hands of the police. We’re sad, we’re upset, we’re angry… we don’t know what to do.

As a predominantly white congregation in a predominantly white faith, we have an obligation to understand our place in the continued suppression, harm and violence that occurs on a daily basis to people of color.  What role can we take in calling out the microaggressions (little things we say and do that cause harm) and the systemic institutional policies and practices that can limit and even kill people of color?