From the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to the hills of the Ozarks and from issues of the environment to issues of gay marriage, racism and oppression the congregations of MidAmerica are doing the work of social justice. The MidAmerica Region aims to tell the story of this work, and form, with those leaders working on this, a learning community to extend and deepen the work.
This spring there has been a call out from BLUU (Black Lives Unitarian Universalists) to UU congregations to participate in White Supremacy Teach-Ins. We in MidAmerica would love to hear how that has been for you all, what your questions are, what your next steps might be, and where you want to go next. Congregational Life Consultants Nancy Combs-Morgan and Lisa Presley will host hour-long conversations and listening sessions to hear about your experience and dreams going forward.
There will be two opportunities, one designed for religious professionals and the other that will be open to anyone who wishes to attend, including religious professionals. No need to register: simply log on to the call you wish to attend. These will be held via the Zoom platform, so you can attend through your computer or tablet (supported platforms are PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, or Android), or simply by calling in.
For Religious Professionals: Join us on Friday, May 26th, at 1:00 pm Central Daylight Time / 2:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time; or
Open to any UU: Join us on Tuesday, May 30th, at 6:30 pm Central Daylight Time / 7:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time
Log in information for either call: https://zoom.us/j/9884534669 Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll): +16465588656,9884534669# or +14086380968,9884534669# Or Telephone: Dial: +1 646 558 8656 Meeting ID: 988 453 4669
If you have any questions, please feel free to conact us: firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-636-9724.
White Supremacy Teach-In Resources
MidAmerica Region of the UUA
Regional Assembly, April 2017
Included in this list are resources that will be used during the White Supremacy Teach In at Regional Assembly, as well as resources for further learning and consideration.
Resources for Teach-In
- Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) website with Teach-In links and resources (http://www.blacklivesuu.com/teachin/)
- Definition of “White Supremacy” from BLUU (http://www.blacklivesuu.com/teachin)
- Graph of Overt vs. Covert White Supremacy (at right)
- New York Times video, "White People on Race" (https://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/01/opinion/a-conversation-with-white-people-on-race.html?_r=2)
- 2015 Ware Lecture by Cornel West – minute 20-23 (conversation about failing better and white supremacy) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iAHrgirE7I)
- What's in a Word: White Supremacy by Alex Kaptan (https://radicalcopyeditor.com/2017/04/21/white-supremacy/)
Questions for Consideration
- How do I feel about the phrase “Institutional White Supremacy?”
- What does Institutional White Supremacy cost me?
- Cornel West (see Ware Lecture link above) says that white people have “have got some work to do.” What is my work? What is our work as UUs?
- Where is/are your opportunity(ies) to resist?
- UUA Senior Leadership statement from April 13, 2017
- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from Birmingham Jail" (April 16, 1963)
- I am Not Your Negro (2017), documentary by Raoul Peck with narrative text from James Baldwin
- Get Out (2017), comedy horror film and social commentary by Jordan Peele
- Darkening the Doorways: Black Trailblazers and Missed Opportunities in Unitarian Universalism by Mark D. Morrison-Reed (2011)
- Slide Presentation from Regional Assembly pdf White Supremacy Teach In RA2017 (2.55 MB>)>