Ministry Theme of the Month: Embodiment
Resources about Racial Justice:
Some history about race and Unitarian Universalism is available via the UU World, and a very useful book entitled The Arc of the Universe is Long: Unitarian Universalists, Anti-Racism, and the Journey from Calgary.
Information about the 1960s and 1970s: http://www.uuworld.org/articles/the-uua-meets-black-power
Information about the current events within the larger movement: http://www.uuworld.org/articles/critics-challenge-uua-hiring-practices
History of Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression, Multi-Cultural work within the UUA: http://www.uua.org/multiculturalism/history/jtw
Some questions to reflect on, and share about:
- Is it uncomfortable to talk about race? Why or why not?
- Did you relate to any of what was said or shared this morning? If so, how and why?
- How does racism or white supremacy* affect you? How does it hurt and/or help you?
- Others thoughts on race and white supremacy that you may wish to share.
Currently, many people doing work on the issue of racism use the term white supremacy as such. That term and concept will resonate with some, and not others. For us, it is about the system at hand (more than the words used to dismantle it). From the UUA: “White supremacy is a system or social order that keeps power and resources consolidated among white elites, using an ideology (or way of understanding the world) that upholds whiteness— including white people, white cultural values, and white institutions—as being best or most ‘normal.’”