In light of the current controversy within the UUA over hiring practices, The Black Lives Unitarian Universalist (BLUU) has requested that congregations set aside April 30 and/or May 7 to consider White Supremacy as it pertains to the UUA.  April 30th we will begin that conversation.

Jesse Benn defines White Supremacy and White Privilege this way. “White supremacy refers to a racial hierarchy in which whiteness sits atop of. The United States was founded on a system—legally, culturally, economically, and politically—of white male upper class supremacy. All of these remain today…. white privilege, on the other hand, is a reference to the myriad of benefits bestowed on white people stemming from the aforementioned system of white supremacy….So, white supremacy refers to the system, white privilege refers to its benefits. The two are inexorably tied, but not the same thing.”

We changed our worship plan because we know that large shifts require work and can challenge our comfort levels. That’s precisely why we feel it’s important. We are one of hundreds of UU churches signaling to their own members and to the larger community that “our faith takes racism seriously, especially within our own walls.”  We hope this will push our faith toward the beloved community we all seek.

Also provided is the following link for those who would be interested in preparation for the service:

Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

The Story of Whiteness, Sarah Stewart