2018-02-04 The Promise & The Practice

Rev. Beth Banks, Worship Leader; Autumn Labbé-Renault, Worship Associate.

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?

Many voices will be sharing stories in this worship. This is a service of truth and a step toward hope and healing. To prepare for this service, consider reading these UU World articles by Mark Morrison Reed: https://www.uuworld.org/articles/black-hole-white-uu-psyche