On Sunday, January 14, we and many other UU congregations offered a service built around The Promise and the Practice of Our Faith Campaign. In an effort to understand the patterns of relationship that have marginalized people of color in our tradition, we decentered our white voices in deference to the stories, writings, and music of Unitarian Universalist people of color.
From the invitation literature:
The Promise and the Practice is “a turning moment; a choice to listen deeply to the stories in our movement that have not been heard, and taken to heart, by all Unitarian Universalists. It’s a lamenting of what our Unitarian Universalist tradition and congregations have lost by being unable — or unwilling — to center people of color (or even, at times, to merely include them). The Promise and the Practice is a celebration of our shared commitment to live into a new chapter in the story of our UU faith.”
If you are unfamiliar with our history, I strongly recommend this address from the General Assembly in New Orleans. It is a 20-minute way to understand some of our present challenges.
Also, you may be aware that the Unitarian Universalist Association has pledged funds to the working group of Black Lives for Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) and that we are being asked to support their work financially by raising $10/member from our congregations. We are blessed to have an existing donation of $3,000 from within our Theodore Parker Church membership. I want to challenge us to meet that same amount. Whatever we raise above the base ask will be doubled by a generous donor-couple from Philadelphia. With just a little effort, Theodore Parker Church could be providing $12,000 of funding for BLUU! THAT is holding ourselves accountable to our promises.