NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Thousands of protestors converge on Manhattan's Washington Square Park to march through the Manhattan to protest the police violence on December 13, 2014 in New York, United States. Protestors shout slogans as Hands up, dont shoot, Black lives matter and I cant breathe during the march. (Photo by Mustafa Caglayan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Guide my feet while I run this race,
For I don’t want to run this race in vain!
                                        -African American Spiritual

The journey to racial justice is not a 100-meter dash. It’s more like a relay with the baton being passed generation to generation. Each generation adding to our understanding, revealing another layer in the “onion” of racism. Each generation taking action, making progress. At our Annual Meeting we took one more step in that race with the adoption of a Resolution in Support of Black Lives Matter Movement

Adopting social justice resolutions is not something that we, as a congregation, do lightly or very often – in fact hardly ever. With the adoption of this resolution we have taken a public stand of commitment to:

  1. affirm unequivocally our support of the UUA Action of Immediate Witness to “Support the Black Lives Matter” movement;
  2. educating ourselves about and deepening our understanding of white privilege and oppressive systems; and
  3. partnering with local organizations to harness the power of love to combat racism and oppression at all levels within our communities.

            The Ends Statements in our Governance Document reflect the outcomes that our congregation has agreed upon. Over the summer the staff and board will be identifying how this resolution is reflected in the three areas of the Ends Statements – Within each Congregant, Among the Congregants, and Beyond in the Community. And grounded in our Ends Statements we’ll be creating an action plan in all three areas for your participation.  The race is on so please –

Hold my hand while I run this race
For I don’t want to run this race in vain!