In 2016, several Theodore Parker Church members attended an anti-racism summit at the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry (UUUM) in Roxbury. Anti-racism and issues of civil justice have long been a concern of Unitarian Universalists and for this congregation in particular. Our present task force was formed both in response to the summit and in response to the increased visibility of racial injustices across our country. We now number more than 40 members.

The task force spent its first six months surveying the congregation and setting priorities. Through the fall and winter, we have been reaching into the congregation through films, discussion groups, coffee hour conversations, and other activities.  We have also been reaching out to the community by attending vigils and linking with other groups in support of racial justice.

On Sunday, March 19, 2017, two members of Black Lives Matter Boston — Martin Henson and Karlene Griffiths Sekou — spoke at the church in a conversation cosponsored by the Racial Justice Task Force, Progressive West Roxbury/Roslindale, and RISE (Roslindale Is for Everyone). The audio of that session is available here.

Upcoming Activities

  • A congregational meeting will convene on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 12:00 noon to vote on two proposals regarding expressions of congregational support for racial justice. The full text of both proposals is attached here.
  • There will be an informational meeting on this issue in the parish hall at the end of coffee hour on Sunday, April 30.

Members of the guiding group can answer any questions and hear your concerns. Contact any of us:  Nancy Dale, Cindy Bergeron, Laura Landy, Mark Bauer, Claire Barker, and Mary Ann Millsap.

Additional reading: UUA-General Assembly Racial Justice Action of Immediate Witness