Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief.
Do justly, now.
Love mercy, now.
Walk humbly now.
You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.

~ TheTalmud

During the fall of 2019 and winter of 2020 a group of UUCV’ers participated in Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race and Ethnicity. The program is a faith formation curriculum that provides a safe space for exploration of the impact that race, ethnicity, privilege, injustice, and all the various “isms” have on our lives. The curriculum also includes methods for beginning the process of re-forming the brokenness of racism into new patterns of thought and behavior. Beloved Conversations stands in concert with UUCV’s mission to transform lives and care for the world by opening the minds and hearts of participants and offering a call to engage in social and spiritual healing. The final sessions of the curriculum include brainstorming for ways participants might carry forward their new understandings to the UUCV and greater community. The enthusiasm of participants and many of the ideas that we generated were shared during a Sunday Service in February. And then, as with so many things in our lives, the realities of the COVID pandemic brought this initial momentum to a halt.

In response to this setback and with thanks to Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis for being willing to continue to facilitate the group, we have continued to meet on Zoom, seeking to expand our knowledge and understanding. And we have contemplated how to invite members of the UUCV community to begin or continue exploring this topic. Thus we offer this new Antiracism Initiative page on our website to share materials that we have found helpful, challenging, and enriching. Once it is again possible to meet in person, there will be another Beloved Conversations class offered. In the meantime, we invite you to spend some time with these resources.


Books


Stamped From The Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Ibram X. Kendi
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
by Isabel Wilkerson
How to Be an Antiracist
by Ibram X. Kendi
The Good Lord Bird:
(Novel)
by James McBride
Underground Railroad (novel)
by Colson Whitehead
The Nickel Boys
(novel)
by Colson Whitehead

Articles


White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
by Peggy McIntosh

Originally written in 1988, This article is considered a ‘classic’ by anti-racist
educators and still helps one understand white privilege.
www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/mcintosh.pdf

The Case for Reparations
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/06/the-case-for-reparations/361631/

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
by Corinne Shutack (2017)

https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234


Videos


Brittany Packnett’s Ware Lecture at the 2018 UUA General Assembly

https://www.uua.org/ga/past/2018/ware
Consider: “Do I know what the people of color in my life expect of me?”

A Conversation with White People on Race:

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/01/opinion/a-conversation-with-white-people-on-race.html?_r=1
Five minute Interviews with white people on the challenges of talking about race. Where do we see ourselves or white people in our lives in this video? How would we enter this conversation or a conversation like this one in our congregation?

Suppressed: The Fight to Vote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03DGjnIkTdI
40 minutes Brave New Films In 2018 Stacey Abrams of Georgia fought to become the first Black female governor in the U.S. while her opponent, Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, was in charge of running the election. In a race that was ultimately decided by 54,723 votes, the film exposes that the basic constitutional right to vote continues to be under siege in America.


UUA Resources


https://www.uua.org/justice under “Racial Justice”…

We work to end racial discrimination and injustice, starting within ourselves and moving out into the world around us. There is a multitude of material to explore. Here are a few examples:
https://www.uua.org/worship/collections/black-lives-matter
https://www.uua.org/braverwiser/bruh
https://www.uua.org/worship/words/reading/nod


Family Friendly


Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness (Ordinary Terrible Things)

by Anastasia Higginbotham

Website – Your Kids Aren’t Too Young To Talk About Racism: Resource Roundup

https://www.prettygooddesign.org/blog/Blog%20Post%20Title%20One-5new4

June 2020