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The Promise and the Practice

BLUU Organizing Collective

The Promise and the Practice of Our Faith campaign is our opportunity to address our history of upholding white supremacy. Together, we can collectively work to dismantle it and amend a long-broken promise to the Black Lives within our Association.

Unitarian Universalist congregations are asked to join in the Promise and the Practice of Our Faith by engaging in the following opportunities: 

  • Schedule a Sunday to engage around the theme The Promise and the Practice of Our Faith.
  • Make a financial commitment in our support to BLUU that is transformational and inspirational, and which helps fulfill our $1 million match opportunity (double the impact of your contribution by meeting the threshold of $10 per certified member, or however you count the souls you serve).
  • Make a long-term commitment to dismante white supremacy, racism, and oppression from within our denomination and beyond, and to uplift the Black Lives, Voices, and Leadership of Unitarian Universalism.

This is our time to be Bold, Radical, and Transformational as we commit to nurture a radically inclusive, justice centered, multiracial and multigenerational religious faith!

The Promise and the Practice is a turning moment; a choice to listen deeply to the stories in our movement that have not been heard, and taken to heart, by all Unitarian Universalists.

It’s a lamenting of what our Unitarian Universalist tradition and congregations have lost by being—unable or unwilling—to center people of color (or even, at times, to merely include them).

The Promise and the Practice is a celebration of our shared commitment to live into a new chapter in the story of our UU faith.

Our online packet of worship and Religious Education resources (PDF) was sourced, lovingly and courageously, by the following black UU religious professionals, to whom we are deeply grateful:

Viola Abbitt, Rev. Carol Thomas Cissel, DeReau Farrar, Adrian Graham, Rev. Kimberly Quinn Johnson, Rayla Mattson, Rev. Rebekah Montgomery, Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout, Jae Pema-la Scott, Erica Shadowsong, Rev. Connie Simon, and Amanda Thomas.

(Profound thanks as well to UUA Board Trustees Gregory Boyd and Christina Rivera, and to anti-racism coach Julica Hermann de la Fuente for their invaluable assistance and support.)

Learn more about The Promise and the Practice, including information about our $1 million match!