Organizer of the Black Lives of UU Program Track including:

Black Lives Convening & Explicitly Black Space - MODERATOR
Thu 6/23 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

In July 2015, the Movement for Black Lives Convening gathered 1200+ Black people to build, learn & heal together in Cleveland. UU's were among the key organizers of M4BL & many UU attendees were sponsored by the UUA. This panel will focus on reflections from this historic weekend, context for much needed Black Only spaces and the impact M4BL had on participants.

An Introduction to Anti-Blackness - FACILITATOR
Fri 6/24 - 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Anti-blackness is a global phenomenon that affects people in every cultural and ethnic group. Within larger systems of structural oppression, it translates to higher rates of social ills, including poverty, unemployment, poor health outcomes, and substandard housing. After a grounding presentation, groups will discuss the impact of anti-blackness in our congregations, our families, our work places, and our larger society. We will also look at ways of countering its impact. This workshop will be offered at the same time to three groups: explicitly black,people of color and white allies. 

Our Ongoing Work - FACILITATOR
Sat 6/25 - 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

For our last interactive workshop, we focus on questions with real-world examples and solutions. How do we utilize our learning from the BLUU track, other GA moments and our previous organizing work? How does this help us shift what we are doing to transform our UU landscape and other larger contexts? How are black people to be empowered in mostly white congregations? 

Closing Worship: We Ready - We Comin. - FEATURER SPEAKER
Sun 6/26 - 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Members of the Black Lives of UU Organizing Collective offer a celebration of spiritual connections affirmed in the Movement for Black Lives. Standing in the truth that Black Lives Matter and anchored by revolutionary music, this unapologetic service features reflections from visionary leaders pointing toward freedom and Justice GA 2016.