Unitarian Universalists are called to strive for “justice, equity and compassion in human relations”. Therefore to dismantle racism in the world and ourselves, we are called to work to end the moral outrages of racial profiling, brutality, voting restrictions, and mass imprisonment of African Americans and other people of color in the United States. We are called to examine our own participation in the systems that continue to sustain white supremacy.

The Unitarian Universalist Association, of which UUCM is a member, passed a Black Lives Matter resolution adopted at the 2015 General Assembly (http://www.uua.org/statements/support-black-lives-matter-movement). In this resolution we averred that:

 “…the Black Lives Matter movement has gained powerful traction in conjunction with recent tragic events involving, in particular, police brutality and institutionalized racism that target the black community….” Further: ”… we must continue to support the Black Lives Matter movement and Black-led racial justice organizations..”

UU congregations have shown their support for the Black Lives Matter movement with banners, vigils, and other acts of solidarity. Like UUCM, many have faced resistance in the form of complaints, protests, and vandalism. This backlash can only serve to strengthen our dedication to global justice, equity and dignity. It leads us to join hands across lines of race, class, age, and geography to build together communities of  love and justice. We shall work for an end to the discrimination faced by black people and other people of color, so that every person is treated equally under the law and so that each person’s inherent worth and dignity is affirmed

To these ends, the Racial Justice Working Group at UUCM offers opportunities to learn, to grow and to act – opportunities to live our social justice values.

Reverend Tarsa’s Editorials in The Union:

Kevin Tarsa: Intent behind ‘Black Lives Matter’ banner

Reverend Tarsa’s Remarks at a Post-Election Rally For Love:

Post-election Rally for Love Speech

Adult  Education Opportunities:

Upcoming Events

June 20-21, 2017: Pre-General Assembly “Undoing Racism” training: https://www.facebook.com/events/1988113684741992/

Books in the UUCM Library

Between the World and Me by TA-Nehisi Coates

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

The Third Reconstruction Moral Mondays, fusion Politics, and the Rise of the New Justice Movement by William Barber

Considering Hate Violence, Goodness, and Justice in American Politics by Kay Whitlock and Michael Bronski

Ferguson and Faith Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community by Leah Gunning Francis

Black Prophetic Fire by Cornell West

Darkening the Doorways Black Trailblazers and Missed Opportunities in Unitarian Universalism by Mark D. Morrisson-Reed

Sacred Ground Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America by Eboo Patel

   Discussion Groups

Discussion groups are being planned for the spring. Contact Keith Johnson 530-265-0277.

Common Read – The Third Reconstruction Moral Mondays, fusion Politics, and the Rise of the New Justice Movement by William Barber. Video available.

Past Events

For the Long Haul Workshops

The congregation has been invited by the youth who are going on the Borderlinks Immigration service/learning trip in June.  The Racial Justice Task Force will be supporting these events:

March 19 (1:00-3:00 p.m.): workshop #1:  Who are you?  Identity, power, oppression, values, privileges

April 9 (1:00-3:00 p.m.) : workshop #2:  Who are we?  Systems and structures of oppression, the American Dream, immigration

April 30 (1:00-3:00 p.m.) : workshop #3:  Crossing Boundaries: Intersectionality, community, standing with, personal and collective cultures and stories

Workshops with Bill Drake & Jamal Walker

Sunday February 19, 2017

Bill Drake and Jamal Walker presentations during both services: “The Ever-Increasing Racial Divide: How did we get here?  What’s the way out?”

12:30 Potluck

2:30-4:30 Interactive workshop conducted by Bill Drake and Jamal Walker

“Working with Our Edges; Exploring Prejudice and What Holds Us Back”

$10 per person

Click here to see a list of readings given to us by Jamal and Bill

Links Related To Our Banner And Understanding Racial Justice

UU World Magazine:

“Black Lives Matter banner ‘brings out conversation’” – Summer 2015: http://www.uuworld.org/articles/blm-banner-brings-out-conversation

“Black Lives Matter” – Fall 2015: http://www.uuworld.org/articles/black-lives-matter

“Five Ways Unitarian Universalists Can Support Black Lives Matter” – Winter 2015: http://www.uuworld.org/articles/5-ways-support-black-lives-matter

“What Churches learn when they proclaim Black Lives Matter” – Spring 2016: http://www.uuworld.org/articles/black-lives-matter-pushback

Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations:

Black Lives Matter 2015 resolution adopted at the 2015 General Assembly: http://www.uua.org/statements/support-black-lives-matter-movement

Black Lives Matter and building a movement for racial justice – resources: http://www.uua.org/multiculturalism/black-lives-matter

UUA Article “Black Lives Matter”: http://www.uua.org/worship/collections/black-lives-matter

On Being Asked to Change “Black Lives Matter” to “All Lives Matter”: http://www.uua.org/worship/words/reading/change-black-to-all

What to do if your Black Lives Banner is Vandalized: https://www.standingonthesideoflove.org/the-power-of-the-black-lives-matter-banner

Other Resources

Sacramento Black Lives Matter Group, “Incite Insight”: http://www.inciteaction.com/mission, Phone 916-581-0061

Black Lives Matter: http://blacklivesmatter.com/who-we-are/

Southern Poverty Law Center: https://www.splcenter.org/what-we-do

Black History Resources for Nevada County, California, and Nation: