Diversity Topic: Race, Power and Privilege

The Melrose UU Church Diversity Topic Team for “Race, Power, and Privilege” encouragedd all of us to participate in several events and efforts specifically concerning the topic of Race, Power and Privilege.

First of all, the City of Melrose held its annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service. Sponsored by the Melrose Human Right Commission and supported by local churches (including MUUC), organizations, and businesses, the day started with city-wide service projects and a discussion on white privilege at MUUC and ended with a city-wide pot-luck and MLK Day program at the First Congregational Church. Please click HERE for more information.

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The Race, Power, and Privilege Topic Team also strongly encouraged everyone to read the book, “Waking Up White” by local author Debby Irving. Debby is originally from Winchester, and as she grew up, she became more aware of the existence of endemic racism and the negative impacts of privilege. She gave a talk at the Melrose Highlands Congregational Church earlier this year.

Called “One of the most important books on race in recent memory.” by the “Readers + Writers Journal”, if you do purchase “Waking Up White“, 50% of the profits will go to charities addressing issues of racial inequality.

The Topic team planned three dates for a book discussion of “Waking Up White“. People were welcome to join one or all three.

More about Debby Irving can be found on her website: www.debbyirving.com.

More about the book, “Waking Up White“, can be found on the book’s website: www.debbyirving.com/the-book.

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The MUUC Diversity Topic Team (Race, Power and Privilege) also urged everyone to read through the Boston Globe Spotlight (c) series on “Racism in Boston”. It was also posted, in its entirety, from the paper, on bulletin boards in Parish Hall.

From December 10 – 16, 2017, the Boston Globe Spotlight ran a series of seven articles covering this subject: the problems in the past, the problems in the present, and some hope for the future, including our need to be involved in accepting the reality and calling out racism when it happens.

By clicking on the link below, you will be able to see all seven articles.

We strongly recommend reading through all seven articles. This is a powerful series and will be a terrific basis for discussion within our church.

(all credits for these articles belong to the Boston Globe)

Boston Globe Racism Series December 10-16 2017

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January – February 2018 GBOW Recipient:

BLUU: Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism

During January 2018, 100% of the cash in MUUC’s collection plate will go to BLUU.

Note: The Unitarian Universalist Association (“UUA”) had a matching grant challenge during Black History Month. If a UU congregation donated $10 or more per member to BLUU during February, this would be matched dollar-for-dollar by the UUA. MUUC far exceeded a donation of $10 per member, and are pleased that BLUU will be given this money to continue to do their important work.

The Race, Power and Privilege Diversity Topic Team selected BLUU as the Giving Beyond Our Walls recipient for Jan-Feb 2018.

Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) Organizing Collective works to provide support, information and resources for Black Unitarian Universalists. They also work to expand the role & visibility of Black UUs within our faith. The UUA (Unitarian Universalist Association) has started an initiative to have each of the congregations participation in the “BLUU: Promise and Practice of Our Faith”. The following is from the UUA:

Imagine what our faith would look like if we upheld and centered the history, the perspectives, the voices, and the leadership of Black Lives of Unitarian Universalists. The “Promise and Practice of Our Faith” campaign is our opportunity to take the lead as a faith denomination in addressing our history of upholding white supremacy. Together, we can collectively work to dismantle it and amend a long broken promise to the Black Lives within Unitarian Universalism. 

During the Promise and Practice campaign to fulfill the historic $5.3 million commitment to BLUU, the UUA is providing annual cash support to BLUU equivalent to the investment returns it would be earning on the $5 million, as well as providing fiscal sponsorship and other support as requested. 

To donate by mail, please indicate “BLUU: Promise and Practice” in the memo line of your check and send to:

BLUU c/o THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST ASSOCIATION

24 FARNSWORTH STREET 

BOSTON, MA 02210

To donate online directly to BLUU and the Organizing Collective above the $5.3 million commitment, please visit: UUA Giving to BLUU Collective

To learn more about “BLUU” select this link: Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism

To learn more about the “Promise and Practice of Our Faith” campaign select this link: Promise and Practice of Our Faith