The Saturday before (Feb 17) we beautify the buildings and grounds together, then share an evening of Pizza and Pizzazz (pot-luck + “You bring the talent” show). Sunday, we shift our focus to another way we care for each other. The Sunday service speaks directly to our hearts through story, images of our congregation in action, and a surprising ritual. It’s about the unique change that happens when we give to each other. Each element of the weekend could be a joyful stand-alone. Sunday morning is the culmination of feelings about giving and receiving.
As a young woman, Toni Morrison edited the writing of black authors for Random House Publishing. In an interview with fiction writer, Junot Diaz, Morrison explained what it was like to read the works of black authors during those years. She also read the work of the former slave and abolitionist, Frederick Douglass. She could sense the presence of someone “holding the materials:” slightly reshaping his stories so white abolitionists would find the messages challenging, but easier to hear.
What would it be like if a UU worship service centered entirely around the voices and experiences of Black Unitarian Universalists? What truths might we hear, however difficult? What might we learn? How might these Black UU leaders teach us to be better allies, better siblings in faith, and even better citizens in our community?