Racial Justice Leadership Team

The goal of the Racial Justice Leadership Team (RJLT) is to lead the congregation in developing and living out an intentionally anti-racist identity in all aspects of congregation life. RJLT was formed prior to the reunification of First Church and UU Society with members from both congregations participating. Within the first month post-merger we held worship services and an afternoon discussion of Robin D’Angelo’s book, White Fragility. In Winter 2020 we offered the UU Fahs Institute curriculum, Beloved Conversations, through which 40 UUCC members participated in a week-end retreat and eight additional weeks of small group meetings. Additionally we presented a worship service about the Beloved Conversations experience, and hosted a forum on White Privilege. In the fall of 2020, another 17 UUCC members participated in a Virtual Beloved Conversations model.

Winter 2022 we sponsored a 5-week Adult RE class on the proposed 8th Principle and the UUA process of updating the current Principles. We are exploring UUCC’s adoption of the 8th Principle as part of that process and what the implications for action would be if adopted.

In addition to educational opportunities, RJLT advocated for the inclusion of racial justice as part of our new congregation’s strategic plan, sponsored a candlelight vigil for George Floyd, and supported the impetus to hang a Black Lives Matter, a Gay Pride Rainbow flag, along with an Earth flag from the front of the Building. We are reviewing our congregation’s progress in breaking down white supremacist structures with a Racial Justice Audit. We are encouraging every committee and group at UUCC to spend time exploring or doing an activity involving racial justice, and support other groups in the congregation to offer movies, book discussions and other opportunities to consider aspects of systemic racism. The Members of the RJ Leadership Team are Kerry Breitenbach, Erika Brown, Pat Dillard, Christie Manning, Roschell Ogjubi, Rev. Randy Partain and Nancy King Smith, Chair. Anyone interested in the Team’s work can contact Nancy King Smith for help finding a place to become involved, starting with the Building Authentic Diversity covenant group.