1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
UU congregations around the country have been encouraged to do “White Supremacy Teach-Ins” in response to recent controversies in our Association. Ours will be held Sunday afternoon, May 21, from 1:30 to 3 in the Fellowship Hall, led by Rev. Florence Caplow.
When you hear or read the words “White Supremacy,” what thoughts and emotions surface? For some of us, it is a fear-filled phrase that conjures images that seem totally dissonant with our Unitarian Universalist faith. As Rev. Sofia Betancourt, interim co-president for our Unitarian Universalist Association, stated, “Whatever your reaction was to the words White Supremacy, it’s a fair reaction. It’s real. It’s part of the journey.” She reminds us that, “We are not saying there is an inherent evil in Unitarian Universalism at all. We are saying there is a desperate need for the kind of beloved community work that we offer in the world and we want to do that work better.” (From Blue Boat of Youth and Young Adult Ministries)
Let’s explore this topic together in a spirit of curiosity, openness, compassion, and respect for one another, and for where each of us may be on the journey. Please sign up in advance. No, this does not mean that you are a white supremacist! Far from it. There is a sign-up sheet on the social justice table in the Fellowship Hall.
If you’d like to know more beforehand, here are two quick primers: What Is White Supremacy? and 10 Things Everyone Should Know About White Supremacy.