December 2017 – The Promise and the Practice of Our Faith Campaign for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU)
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December 2017 – Inclusivity Team Order of Service Insert

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Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Launches “The Promise and the Practice of Our Faith Campaign for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU)”

Imagine what our faith would look like if we upheld and centered the history, the perspectives, the voices, and the leadership of Black Lives of Unitarian Universalists…

The Promise and the Practice of Our Faith Campaign is our opportunity to take the lead as a faith denomination in addressing our history of upholding white supremacy. Together, we can collectively work to dismantle it and amend a long broken promise to the Black Lives within our Association.

There will be a special collection at Albany UU on Sunday, January 14, 2017 for this campaign.

A special message from UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray:

Dear Unitarian Universalists, In October 2016, your UUA Board issued a charge to all Unitarian Universalists, calling us to invest collectively and significantly in the leadership and organizing of Black Unitarian Universalists. We have an extraordinary opportunity to live the most deeply universalist aspect of our theology and to begin to overcome the limitations of our history. Our commitment to raise and invest $5.3 million for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) recognizes that centering black leadership is crucial to building multiracial, multicultural communities and to supporting justice work that is free from white supremacy and paternalism.

Read the full message at https://www.uua.org/giving/areas-support/funds/promise-and-practice/message-susan-frederick-gray

What is Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism?
• Formed in the summer of 2015, Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism
(BLUU) grew out of the broader Movement for Black Lives.
• BLUU is an independent organization, fiscally sponsored by the UUA,
led by an executive director, a community minister, and a volunteer
organizing collective.
• BLUU provides ministry for, and by, Black Unitarian Universalists,
while also working to expand the role and visibility of Black UUs
within our faith.

How will Albany UU participate in this campaign?

Come to the Forum after the service on January 7 for more information. Learn more about the background and purpose of this campaign. Make your gift at the Albany UU service on January 14. If you would like to make your gift in December 2017, please make your check payable to Albany UU and put “BLUU” in the memo line of your check.

This is our time to be Bold, Radical, and Transformational as we commit to nurture a radically inclusive, justice centered, multiracial, and multigenerational religious faith!

Learn more about the Campaign and BLUU:

The Promise and the Practice of Our Faith Campaign website: https://www.uua.org/giving/areas-support/funds/promise-and-practice

Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) website: http://www.blacklivesuu.com/

Frequently Asked Questions About the Campaign: https://www.uua.org/giving/areas-support/funds/promise-and-practice/frequently-asked-questions

UUA Board Commits $5.3 Million to BLUU: https://www.uuworld.org/articles/board-commits-5-million-bluu

History & Ministry of Black Lives UU: https://www.uua.org/giving/areas-support/funds/promise-and-practice/history-black-lives-uu

The Empowerment Tragedy by Mark Morrison-Reed: https://www.uuworld.org/articles/empowerment-tragedy