Ideas from Our chapter members
UU Church of Oakland
1. Every Sunday light Black Lives Matter candle as part of Chalice Lighting
2. Monthly Black Lives Matter on the porch of the church – invite community and church partners
3. Banners in front of the church that read: Black Lives Matter and We Can’t Breathe
4. Black Lives Matter Faith in Action Ministry Team – focuses on police accountability
5. Participate in community actions to support Black Lives Matter movement
UUs of san Mateo
1. Black Ribbon draped around the pulpit
2. Black ribbons given out in the order of service with encouragement that congregants wear them
3. Sold Black Lives Matter tee shirts to support Black Parents’ Network
4. Annual contribution to High School Dream Club
5. Congregational and Individual memberships in local NAACP and participation in events/actions
6. Annual MLK Day Neighborhood event with essay and art contest – for 26 years
First UU of San Jose
1. Finished our second year of Beloved Conversations – developing a core team of diverse, passionate advocates for ARAOMC at First Unitarian Church of San Jose (FUCSJ) and in the community.
2. FUCSJ part of inter-faith county-wide movement “Black and Brown Lives Matter: Claiming the Beloved Community” – for bringing police, elected leaders and community members together to reshape relationships; county organizing for changing policies and procedures
3. Preached numerous times and congregational meetings
Unitarian Universalists of Petaluma
1. Convened second Beloved Conversations program with local United Church of Christ
2. Conversations – but not action yet within fledgling inter-faith group about police accountability and building relationships among diverse groups in the community
3. Workshop about going to Selma – Living Legacy Commemoration and Conference
4. Annual participant in El Dia de los Muertos Petaluma (11 years)
Thoughts for building more connectedness, consultation and mutual support among us for deepening anti-racist and multicultural consciousness and action.
1. Set up a regular monthly time for collegial conversation/encouragement/sharing resources
2. Post #Black Lives Matter resources on our UUMA website
3. Share examples of litanies, rituals, sermons
4. Share about working these issues with predominately white congregations
5. Share about being good allies – what works?
6. Get the Beloved Conversations retreat date on the calendar – sorry folks this is still pending, but will post as soon as we know.
7. Pulpit exchanges
8. Can we do a collegial Beloved Conversations program?
9. Bring Deb Holder to do a Beloved Community retreat/conference for PCD – open to all
10. Look at communicating and collaborating for anti-racism in community ministry contexts – especially chaplaincy. How can we be agents for transforming non-UU institutions (e.g., hospitals)
11. What are county-wide strategies?
12. What about legislation to support?
13. Recommended reading: “Is Reconciliation Possible?” Valerie Batts
UCSF Medical Center Spiritual Care Services – Susan Conrad
1. Anti-racism curriculum/training in CPE programs- using Visions, Inc. materials, integration into verbatim discussions, group process work, individual supervision and group action.
IDEAS from assorted members:
1. A resolution supporting Black Lives Matter will come before the congregation on May 31
2. Our Anti-Racism Multicultural Alliance is presenting a workshop on “Microaggressions”
3. Made a bridge on March 8 and invited congregation to cross it and ponder what they wanted to do next for racial justice and write them on images of the Edmund Pettus Bridge to remind them
4. Next up: seek out partners in faith communities to meet with police and city council on how police are educating themselves and how city officials respond (or don’t) to the Citizens’ Review reports on police each year.
5. Meetings with local authorities/police chiefs re: police accountability
6. Teaching from Diana Goodman’s “Promoting Diversity and Social Justice: Educating People from Privileged Groups”
7. Attended inter-faith die-in