Anti-Racism Work

We take our anti-racism work very seriously at 1st UU.

On Sunday, May 31, 2020, the following resolution was adopted unanimously by the members in attendance at the congregational Annual Meeting:

RESOLUTION 

WHEREAS, the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond has adopted the 8th Principle, which calls upon us to “journey toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions;”

WHEREAS, the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond has adopted the Richmond Pledge to End Racism, which commits us “to working with others to transform the Greater Richmond region into a place that treats people of all races, ethnicities, and cultures with justice, equity, and compassion;”

WHEREAS, the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond has adopted ends statements that include:

End #1: We will create a community capable of its multicultural aspirations, where we are able to respect, appreciate, and feel the power of each other’s experiences and faith, and

End #3: We will join with people and communities in Richmond and beyond in the struggle for racial, political, economic, and social justice, and against the forces of oppression.

WHEREAS, African American people and people of color continue to be detained, arrested, and killed by police at significantly higher rates than whites, and the justice system consistently exonerates police violence toward African American people and people of color;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that we, the members of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond, hold ourselves accountable to direct action to ending racism;

To this end, we call upon the Board of Directors and staff of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond to decide, in coordination with people of color organizations, on areas of focus for the congregation regarding:

  • legislative action to curtail police violence, and
  • voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts

As part of these commitments, the Board and staff will make resources and support available for the congregation and provide leadership for the congregation to become involved in these initiatives, and

Congregants of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond commit to support areas of focus and actions with their time, talent, and treasure as appropriate, and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the Board will update the congregation at least twice a year on our progress in this work, with the first such report by no later than August 31, 2020, and the last such report when racism has been eliminated from the United States.

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We take anti-racism work very seriously, and in 2018, the congregation adopted an 8th Principle about that:

“We, the members and friends of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond covenant to affirm and promote journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse, multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”

 

 

                                 

 

Anti-Racism Group

  • Living the Pledge Workshop: http://richmondpledge.org/
  • Maintains Social Justice table on Sunday between services to provide resources to the church community
  • Works with the Black Lives Matter Group
  • Provides a space for communication and processing for members of our church and community
  • For more information, please contact Deborah Coleman and Sheryl Johnson

Living the Pledge

  • Educates members about systemic racism and encourages participants to become active in fighting racism evident in our systems throughout the city.
  • Class curriculum includes American and Richmond history, personal biases and microaggressions. The goal of Living the Pledge is to transform understanding into action.
  • For more information, please contact: Annette Marquis at annettemarquis@gmail.com or Anita Lee at La_toute@principle2.org

Black Lives Matter

  • Vigils
  • Protests
  • Solidarity
  • According to Black Lives Matter, the movement “is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.  It is an affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.”
DRUUMM
(Diverse & Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries) is a growing network of over 500 UU People of Color. We are primarily a volunteer and member-led organization without any regular staff. The primary governance and workgroup is the DRUUMM Steering Committee. We invite you and members of your UU POC group to stay connected to receive periodic email announcements, our DRUUMM Beat Newsletter (back issues here and on FB), and engage in dialogue through The DRUUMM Gathering Place on Facebook. There is a regular monthly drop-in session on 4th Tuesdays at 8 pm ET. You can learn more, and sign up for those through any of the links in this paragraph.
There is a range of upcoming activities including culturally-specific and UU POC specific programs during the UUA General Assembly, youth and young adults of color gatherings, and other events for DRUUMM members. You can join at www.druumm.org or contact Dawn Robinson drobinson@uua.org.