Anti-Racism Discussion Groups

UUC has two anti-racism discussion groups that formed following a sermon by Dr. Michele Deramo of Virginia Tech entitled White Allies Humble Path. The discussions are intended to provide a place where topics related to race can be discussed safely and honestly in order to help promote a greater sense of inclusion in our community and the wider society. Each meeting explores ways in which white people can be effective as allies to people of color as well as actions that are not helpful. Contact Karen to be added to either group. 

View the reading list of materials (includes articles, podcasts, and videos) that have been discussed to date. 

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This diagram, furnished by the UUA, helps one to consider how our culture is one of white supremacy.

 

 

 

 

 

Living the Pledge Workshop

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond developed the Living the Pledge workshop in which participants learn about and take

Living the Pledge participants

a pledge to end racism, a personal commitment to work on oneself and with others to address racism in all its forms. The 2-part workshop was first held at UUC in December 2017 and again offered in the spring of 2018.

Participants developed our own New River Valley Pledge signed by most at the workshops and a Covenant

Additional workshops will be held at UUC in the future. Watch for more information. 

 

Congregation Votes to Support BLUU, Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism

At our annual meeting in June 2018, the congregation voted to support BLUU with a donation of $2050 ($10 per member) to be fulfilled by June 2019. The BLUU Organizing Collection, formed in July 2015, is committed to: 

  • Expanding the power & capacity of Black UUs within our faith
  • Providing support, information & resources for Black Unitarian Universalists
  • Justice-making and liberation through our faith

UUC members are committed to all of these goals, with actions led by our Anti-Racism discussion groups. 

 

UUA Common Read Book Discussion Group

Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry

A joint project of the Committee for Antiracism, Anti-oppression, and Multiculturalism of the UUMA and Skinner House Books, Centering is the first book to center the stories, analysis, and insight of Unitarian Universalists of color offering their religious leadership.

UUC members participated in a discussion of this book in January and February, 2018.