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First U Hobart Freedom to Marry 2010From 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.

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MUUSJA logoRevs Ashley Horan and Danny GivensMidAmerica Region is proud to announce a series of social justice webinars that are being done in collaboration with the Minnesota UU Social Justice Alliance.

Executive Director Rev. Ashley Horan and Statewide Organizer Pastor Danny Givens will help all our congregations prepare themselves better for social justice work.

These 75 minute webinars will be monthly, on the second Tuesday. Make sure to register for these webinars as space is limited! Details of the webinars are below, and each starts at 7:45 pm Eastern, 6:45 pm Central, 5:45 pm Mountain times. Webinars will be recorded, and will be available on demand for those unable to attend.

Watch videos of past webinars in this series: Social Justice Webinar Series

Register now for the next one:

White Supremacy PyramidWhite 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

  1. Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) website with Teach-In links and resources (http://www.blacklivesuu.com/teachin/)
  2. Definition of “White Supremacy” from BLUU (http://www.blacklivesuu.com/teachin)
  3. Graph of Overt vs. Covert White Supremacy (at right)
  4. 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)
  5. 2015 Ware Lecture by Cornel West – minute 20-23 (conversation about failing better and white supremacy) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iAHrgirE7I)
  6. What's in a Word: White Supremacy by Alex Kaptan (https://radicalcopyeditor.com/2017/04/21/white-supremacy/)

Questions for Consideration

  1. How do I feel about the phrase “Institutional White Supremacy?”
  2. What does Institutional White Supremacy cost me?
  3. 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?
  4. Where is/are your opportunity(ies) to resist?

Further Resources

  1. UUA Senior Leadership statement from April 13, 2017
  2. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from Birmingham Jail" (April 16, 1963)
  3. I am Not Your Negro (2017), documentary by Raoul Peck with narrative text from James Baldwin
  4. Get Out (2017), comedy horror film and social commentary by Jordan Peele
  5. Darkening the Doorways: Black Trailblazers and Missed Opportunities in Unitarian Universalism by Mark D. Morrison-Reed (2011)
  6. Slide Presentation from Regional Assembly pdf White Supremacy Teach In RA2017 (2.55 MB)
  7. Videos:

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