On March 20, 2018, UUCF’s Racial Justice Steering Committee asked the UUCF Board of Directors, along with 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), a campaign that seeks to dismantle systems of white supremacy within our denomination and amend the promises broken to the Black lives within our association. One part of this campaign asks congregations to make a pledge of $10 per member, which then will be matched out of a $1 million matching fund, as part of the overall funding pledge to BLUU. With a UUA certified membership of 661, we will be pledging $6,610.
The board voted to support this pledge as 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 2018-2019 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.
Please click here to make contributions to the fund (You will first need to sign in to the UUCF member database. If you have never signed in before, please contact Mary Foster to get login credentials). We encourage the congregation to be generous and open-hearted to these future opportunities.