The Racial Justice Initiative (RJI) is concluding its second church year. This year focused on congregants participating in Beloved Conversations curriculum, Black Lives Matter information meetings and listening circles, the formation of a People of Color circle that meets monthly, discussion and approval of a UUA recommended banner affirming our values, and creation of Facebook page called UUCWC Faith in Action where members share articles and events related to social justice issues. Events in the UUA sparked discussions around white supremacy in a number of forums inside and outside of the church.
There was a RJI planning meeting on May 2nd where 35 participants explored the shape the initiative should take in the coming months. Three main focus areas were decided upon: 1) opportunities for education and small group discussion about once per month; 2) building bridges and connections with other anti-racism groups, diverse congregations and organizations; 3) service and activism. For more information please see the minutes: https://1drv.ms/w/s!ApLejObQFzfgxXOQixYgq2-7xJ2q. Anyone interested in being on a subcommittee to plan specifics for any of these areas or have questions please contact Nathalie Edmond or Dan Tuft, the co-chairs of RJI.
RJI will host a discussion on Tuesday, May 23rd at 7 pm in the Sanctuary called “Exploring Whiteness: Privilege, Supremacy, and Fragility. All are welcome to attend.
– Nathalie Edmond