Racial Justice Leadership Team: October 2021 Spreading Justice

Our UUCC Strategic Plan includes engaging more members in justice work that makes our community more equitable, inclusive and resilient.

Further, it calls us to develop educational, experiential and worship opportunities that build and nurture an internal culture of anti-racism and anti-oppression.

The Racial Justice Leadership Team’s charge is to integrate racial justice into all areas of our UUCC community.  One way we can involve a large number of members is by incorporating racial justice actions into all our groups, committees, and Covenant Groups.   The RJLT, with the endorsement of the Board, is asking each group to consider dedicating one meeting or event in our 2021-2022 church year to addressing racial justice.  We have come up with some suggestions, but each group is encouraged to be creative and find their own way of honoring our UUCC goal of building an internal culture of anti-racism and anti-oppression

Some ideas for Spreading Justice for UUCC groups:

Read and discuss a book or article:   

How to be an Antiracist , Ibram X. Kendi

So You Want to Talk about Race, Ijeoma Oluo

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Backpack

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack (umbc.edu)

The Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture

WHITE SUPREMACY CULTURE: Characteristics – Showing Up for Racial Justice – SURJ

Watch and discuss a video:

Cleveland Dinners:

Both virtual and live settings.  Diverse groups of people share a meal with facilitated dialogue on race and equity, helping bridge the gap that separates many of us.   Fourth Sunday of every month from 5 to 7 pm.

216-282-9844 https://www.clevelanddinners.org

Participate in a UUJO, Greater Cleveland Congregations or ACLU seminar or training.

Be creative and come up with something meaningful for you.  The Racial Justice Leadership Team is available to work with a designated person from each committee/group if desired.  Contact Pat Dillard or Nancy King Smith for help.