By Toni Higgs & Ginger Warfield
At the congregational meeting on August 4, 2019, the congregation voted to adopt a resolution calling for UCUCC to become a Racial Justice Church. This meeting came about due to two of our youth/young adults, Emma Browning and Graham George, asking what it would take to get a Black Lives Matter banner posted, and their interest in addressing racism within and without the church. It evolved with a powerful collaboration between youth, leadership staff and the racial justice action team to produce the resolution, which can be viewed in full on our website: >> Aug 4, 2019 Racial Justice Church
The meeting was well attended and intense emotions were expressed at times. One thing that became apparent was the difficulty of many to really hear, feel and acknowledge the pain expressed by people of color in our congregation. On the UCUCC Racial Justice Facebook page, Becca McMullen has posted a document that provides a more heart-felt way to respond to pain: Racism: What Can I Do?
In addition to acknowledging pain, what does it mean to be a racial justice church? It means learning about our own racial history, facing grievous facts about the past, continuing our sacred conversations about race, and involving ourselves in projects that liberate our communities. Structurally it means Council has committed funds and actions to this process.
But much of our work really depends on you.
To expand our effectiveness, we need more help, in large ways and small. That’s why the racial justice action team is inviting you to a retreat, to plan our activities for the next year. We’ll take the ideas from our survey, from Seabeck, and add your input to develop a work plan. Then we’ll meet once a month after church to support and motivate each other. Please join us if you can:
Sat. Oct 26