White Supremacy TeachIn

Dismantling Our Culture of White Supremacy

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Sunday May 7, 2017: “UU White Supremacy Teach-In” by Cory Ness. Join a large, growing group of Unitarian Universalists who are shifting their regularly scheduled Sunday morning worship either on Sunday, April 30 or Sunday, May 7, to participate in a teach-in on racism and white supremacy. We will be participating with thousands of UUs around the country in this large-scale historic action.

From this call to action and worship comes from a growing network of  UUs–religious professionals and and lay leaders from both within and outside congregations–led by UUs of color and white UUs working together.

Over the past few weeks, many have been responding to calls by UUs of color to look critically *within* our faith communities–including hiring practices, power brokers, and cultural habits–for the ways racism, sexism, and white supremacy live.

“White supremacy” is a provocative phrase, as it conjures up images of hoods and mobs. Yet in 2017, actual “white supremacists” are not required in order to uphold white supremacist culture. Building a faith full of people who understand that key distinction is essential as we work toward a more just society in difficult political times.

20170507 UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn Script Final

So What? Now What?

So What?

Today, we are joining a large, growing group of Unitarian Universalists who are shifting their regularly scheduled Sunday morning worship either this past Sunday, April 30 or today, May 7, to participate in a teach-in on racism and white supremacy. We will be participating with thousands of UUs around the country in this large-scale historic action.

From this call to action and worship comes from a growing network of UUs—religious professionals and and lay leaders from both within and outside congregations–led by UUs of color and white UUs working together.

Over the past few weeks, many have been responding to calls by UUs of color to look critically *within* our faith communities–including hiring practices, power brokers, and cultural habits–for the ways racism, sexism, and white supremacy live.

“White supremacy” is a provocative phrase, as it conjures up images of hoods and mobs. Yet in 2017, actual “white supremacists” are not required in order to uphold white supremacist culture. Building a faith full of people who understand that key distinction is essential as we work toward a more just society in difficult political times.

For more information about:

  • The UU White Supremacy Teach-In and how did it originate?
  • Why is our congregation participating?
  • How does white supremacy culture show up in our congregation?
  • What is the 8th Principle project and how does it connect to white supremacy in UU spaces?

Go to uushenandoah.org – Social Action & Justice – UU White Supremacy Teach-In

              You will also find a wealth of Resources to guide your understanding on the systems of oppression. Additional information will be added as it comes in. Please contact Cory if you have a resource that you would like to add to this growing list.

 

Now What?

         Questions, Questions, Questions.

 

Today’s service may stir up many questions for you. So, like we did back in November with our Question Cloud Wall we will do the same again. Take some time to reflect, write your question(s) on a post-it note and place it on the corresponding paper.

How are you feeling?

What are you afraid of?

What do you hope?

What are you going to do?

We will leave this multigenerational interactive project up for the next few weeks; afterwards, a document with your thoughts and questions will be compiled and shared with Rev. Savage as well as our Adult Education Committee and our Social Justice Committee. We will discuss them and share them to see what next steps our congregation may want to take.

In the meantime here are some ways in which you may want to take action yourself.

The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University, 1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802 http://www.emu.edu/cjp/
Become a Member of Coming to the Table http://comingtothetable.org/

The Hideaway Café An Old Post Office Business Located at 200 N. Braddock Street in Winchester, VA 22601 Check out the Community Action Hub – https://www.hideawaycafeva.com

APRIL 23 to MAY 19—Josephine School Community Museum – Clarke County African American Cultural Center – 303 Josephine Street, Berryville, VA – 540-955- 5512

To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade, an exhibition from the Library of Virginia with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, on view at the Museum.

Extended hours for duration of the Exhibit: Saturdays – 12-3 pm; Sundays – 1-3 pm and by Appointment (www.jschoolmuseum.org)

NAACP http://winchester.naacp-va.org – A membership drive takes place on June 17th

Subscribe to Safety Pin Box as an individual or as a group. https://www.safetypinbox.com

Solidarity & Sanctuary: Options for Congregational Action – http://uucsj.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Congregational-Action-Guide.pdf from the UU College of Social Justicehttp://uucsj.org

SURJ 1.0, SURJ 2.0 Reading Groups – go to http://uushenandoah.org – Learn & Grow – Adult Education – Racial Justice Reading Group or you may contact Marie Francis

UUCSV Social Action & Justice Committee – Contact Gloria Kelm

Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (UUSJ)http://uusj.net/wp1/

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)http://www.uusc.org

Valley Interfaith Council – Call (202) 302-1635 or email – valleyinterfaithcouncil@gmail.com

Virginia Museum of Veiled History Street, 705 South Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601 – Contact Larry Yates at 703-963-8394 and llyates@shentel.net for Volunteer Opportunities

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  • What is white supremacy?

    • Why “white supremacy” as the term here? It conjures up images of hoods and mobs. Here, we mean: “White supremacy as a set of institutional assumptions and practices, often operating unconsciously, that tend to benefit white people and exclude people of color.” In 2017, actual “white supremacists” are not required in order to uphold white supremacist culture. Building a faith full of people who understand that key distinction is essential as we work toward a more just society in difficult political times.
  • What is the UU White Supremacy Teach-In and how did it originate?

  • Why is our congregation participating?

    • Only you can answer this in your congregation but we suggest “We changed our worship plan because we know that large shifts require work and can challenge our comfort levels. That’s precisely why we feel it’s important. We believe that hundreds of UU churches signaling to their own members and to the larger community that “our faith takes racism seriously, especially within our own walls” will push our faith toward the beloved community we all seek.
  • How does white supremacy culture show up in our congregation?

    • The UUA Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries shared an example of courageous reflection and inventorying of where white supremacy lives in their organizational culture and practices. You might use this as a model to be emulate in your own congregation, whether done as a group and/or addressed in worship. Additionally, this resource outlines some of the invisible rules and assumptions of white supremacy culture.
  • What is the 8th Principle project and how does it connect to white supremacy in UU spaces?

    • BLUU encourages all UU’s to advocate for the formal adoption of an 8th principle.. read more!

Resources for Families:

  • Beyond the Golden Rule, published by Teaching Tolerance, is a parent’s guide to preventing and responding to prejudice, from preschool through high school. It is a useful resource for families of all racial identities. The book is available in a PDF format that can be downloaded and printed.

Ongoing TEACH IN Resources

Recommended Reading:

White Privilege:

Allies for Racial Equity (a UU organization):

How White Supremacy effects the Latinx Community:

 

ADULT TEACH IN: