Jul. 2, 2018.
By the UUCF Board of Directors.
On Mar. 20, UUCF’s Racial Justice Steering Committee asked the Board of Directors and the Coordinating Team to make a pledge to support The Promise and the Practice of Our Faith Campaign for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU), which seeks to dismantle systems of white supremacy within our denomination and amend broken promises to the Black lives within the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). One part of this campaign asks congregations to pledge $10 per member, which then will be matched up to $1 million, as part of the overall funding pledge to BLUU. With a UUA-certified membership of 661, UUCF will pledge $6,610.
The board is proud to materially support our Unitarian Universalist siblings of color, and to be part of the continuing work to undo white supremacy within our denomination. In some ways, this is a continuation of the events of 1969’s General Assembly and what is commonly called the “Black empowerment controversy” of Unitarian Universalism. We are committed to investigating and healing the effects of white supremacy within our congregation and our denomination. White supremacy was baked into this country at its birth, and we long to find ways to create a just and equitable society where Black lives matter.
During the 2018-19 congregational year, the Coordinating Team and the Racial Justice Steering Committee have been asked to envision ways to fulfill this pledge. When future generations of UUs look back at this time in our denomination, we hope that UUCF will have served as a force for justice and healing. We encourage the congregation to be generous and openhearted to these future opportunities.