RACIAL JUSTICE GROUP

2nd Tuesdays each month at 7:30 PM
Join us via Zoom: https://tinyurl.com/emersonuuc2
Zoom Meeting ID: 343 977 3791
Password: chalice
Or call: (669) 900-9128  and enter the Meeting ID: 343 977 3791

This group discusses racial justice issues in order to deepen our commitment to anti-racism.  Our recent focus has been on encouraging Emersonians to endorse an 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism. At Emerson’s congregational meeting on June 27, 2021 the members present unanimously endorsed the following Resolution:

WHEREAS our Unitarian Universalist principles call us to affirm and promote “justice, equity, and compassion in human relations” and “the goal of world community,” and

WHEREAS racism and its effects, including the deep divisions in our world caused by inequitable and unjust distribution of power and resources, are embedded in all social institutions as well as in ourselves and will not be eradicated without deliberate engagement in analysis and action and undertaking personal and institutional commitments to end racism;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we, the members of Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, denounce racism and pledge to work to eliminate racism.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we approve the spirit and intent of the proposed 8th Principle of the Unitarian Universalist Association 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,” recognizing that our denomination’s goal of promoting sustained action to eradicate racism and other oppressions may evolve into new language or revisions such as making this a preamble to our Principles.

“Kids’ Versions” of the 8th Principle:  We must work together for diversity and inclusion and against racism and oppression.  Or:  We must work together to make sure every individual is cherished.

We invite you to learn more about the 8th Principle at https://www.8thprincipleuu.org/

Contact: LindaBeth Nelson with questions.

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ADDITIONAL WAYS YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT AND SUPPORT RACIAL JUSTICE AND ANTI-RACISM:  

“Justice in June” provides links to different activities you can do each day to work towards becoming an active ally to the black community (not limited to only June). You can access these here.

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice article (continually updated): here.  https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

If you want to support the struggle for racial justice but don’t want to be in the streets right now, here’s  document that was developed to give you 26 ways to do just that. It’s a few years old, but most of it is still relevant today. https://issuu.com/nlc.sf.2014/docs/beyondthestreets_final/1?ff

Recommended Viewing:

“In This Delicate Turning,” the powerful worship service from the 2019 UUA General Assembly (our annual national gathering). In her sermon, the Rev. Marta I. Valentín calls us to get free by planting faithful seeds of change and together turn to free the faith we love.  You can watch the service (or just Rev. Marta’s sermon).

 

“Bending the Arc – The Vote” is a film about the hard-fought battle to expand voting rights to all people in Alabama in the 1960s.  Sacrifices made, lives lost, obstacles overcome, and the need to continue the fight.  The film is a call to action for all people to exercise their right to vote.
Trailer link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb5zG9EFcGI
Film link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfb0yevpsAA

To learn more about the Bending the Arc Project and upcoming films in the mini-series, please visit the Bending the Arc website: bendingthearctojustice.com