What is BLUU?
Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism, often called BLUU, provides information, resources and support for Black Unitarian Universalists and works to expand the role and visibility of Black UUs within our faith. Their work includes creating healing spaces for black people in person and online; growing more opportunities for pastoral care specifically for Black UUs; continuing to develop relationships with non-black UUs of color; providing resources for white anti-racism work among UUs; and providing direct support to congregations during times of racialized conflict.
- Expanding the power and capacity of Black UUs within our faith.
- Providing support, information and resources for Black UUs.
- Justice-making and liberation through our faith.
BLUU harnesses love’s power to combat oppression and foster healing as a spiritual and political imperative. We know the power of love to be life changing, inclusive, relational, uncomfortable, unconditional and without end.
The Promise and the Practice of Our Faith Campaign for BLUU
Imagine what our faith would look like if we upheld and centered the history, the perspectives, the voices and the leadership of Black Lives of Unitarian Universalists. The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has launched The Promise and the Practice of Our Faith Campaign to take the lead as a denomination in addressing our history of upholding white supremacy. Together, we can collectively work to dismantle it and amend a long-broken promise to the Black Lives within our Association. Join the Promise and the Practice campaign to connect our finances with our theological values as we enter a new chapter within our faith.
UUCF’s commitment to BLUU
UUCF supports the work of BLUU as part of the congregation’s ongoing work to dismantle white supremacy within ourselves, our congregation, our community and our world. After the UUA Board of Trustees committed $5.3 million to BLUU, they also committed $1 million from the UUA endowment. In June of 2017, UU couple Julie and Brad Bradburd gave $1 million to the fund, asking that it be used to match donations from congregations. The Promise and the Practice of our Faith Campaign came out of that generous gift. The UUA asked congregations to commit to contributing $10 per member. If a congregation gives at that level, the gift will be matched by the $1 million gift from the Bradburds, thus doubling the impact of the gift. In March of 2018 the UUCF Board voted to pledge at the $10 per member level (see statement below). Money raised for BLUU makes possible national convenings of Black UUs, a BLUU ministerial network, BLUU staff including an executive director and a community minister, online worship and more.
UUCF Board Statement in Support of the Promise and the Practice Campaign
On March 20, 2018, UUCF’s Racial Justice Steering Committee asked the UUCF Board of Directors, along with the UUCF Coordinating Team, to make a pledge to support the Promise and the Practice of our Faith Campaign for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism, a campaign that seeks to dismantle systems of white supremacy within our denomination and amend the promises broken to the Back Lives within our association. One part of this campaign asks congregations to make a pledge of $10 per member, which will be matched out of a $1 million matching fund as part of the overall funding pledge to BLUU.
The Board is proud to support this pledge. This is an opportunity to materially support our Unitarian Universalist siblings of color, and to be part of the continued 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.
In the coming congregational year (2018-2019), the Coordinating Team and the Racial Justice Steering Committee have been asked to envision ways to fulfill this pledge. [With a UUA-certified membership of 661, UUCF will be pledging $6610.] 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 open-hearted.