IS MAJORITARIANISM OF SERIOUS SPIRITUAL CONCERN? Reflections on the Symposium on Black Lives in Unitarian Universalism

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan
Guest Speaker: Rebecca Wilson
Worship Leader: Susan Burnore

Can people of color find a spiritual home in Unitarian Universalism?  Is a Black-centered UU theology necessary for that to happen?  Is a Black UU denomination needed?  These  questions were the focus of a symposium held last week in St. Paul, MN, led by the organizing collective called Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU).  BLUU is an independent working group funded in one lump sum of $5.3 million by, but without responsibility to, the Unitarian Universalist Association.. 

The symposium consisted of six sessions of panelists as well as worship and small group meetings over four days.  All panelists were Black and most were UUs, including some ministers.  This was the first BLUU conference in BLUU's four year existence to which White people were invited to attend and listen. 

During this morning's service, UUSP member Rebecca Wilson and UUSP's minister, Jack Donovan, will share their takeaways as White UUs on the messages of the BLUU Symposium.  Patti Hanks, who also attended the symposium, will also help with the service.  You are encouraged to attend this Sunday's service to hear and explore the message of this extraordinary symposium.