State of Emergence: Faith Filled People Rally for Racial Justice
State of Emergence: Faith Filled People Rally for Racial Justice, General Assembly 2016
General Assembly, Online GA, Racial Justice

General Assembly (GA) 2016 Event 264

Program Description

Gather with Unitarian Universalists UUs), in collaboration with the Ohio Student Association, the People’s Justice Project, UU Justice Ohio and our multi-faith partners, for an interfaith event focusing on truth telling, fortification and commitment to boldly work for Black liberation.

Join Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, Alicia Garza, President Rev. Peter Morales, and other Movement for Black Lives and multifaith leaders for this year’s Public Witness. 

A mass movement for Black liberation continues to grow across the United States. UU congregations have been participating in local actions as well as displaying Black Lives Matter banners in support of the movement. Many of those banners have been vandalized or destroyed. Local organizers have been fighting for criminal justice reform, raising the minimum wage, and defending voting rights.

With racist rhetoric and personal attacks in this year’s electoral cycle, it is more important than ever for interfaith communities and local partners to speak up, come together, and shift the dialogue back to real issues affecting people. 

The movement calls us—as people of faith and conscience- to center the lives and experiences of Black people as we build an intersectional, anti-racist movement that transforms ourselves, our communities and our collective power. State of Emergence will complement programming about organizing for racial justice at GA 2016 including the Black Lives of UU and Building a Transformative Movement for Racial Justice workshop tracks, coupled with programming in general session, worship and healing/ritual space.

Speakers include:

  • Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, leader of the Moral Mondays, Forward Together, and NAACP NC
  • Alicia Garza, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement
  • Rev. Peter Morales, president of the UUA
  • Rev. John Dorhauer, general minister and president of the United Church of Christ
  • Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism
  • Naeem Baig, president of the Islamic Circle of North America
  • Rev. Cheryl M. Walker, president-designate of the UU Ministers Association

Local speakers include:

  • Rev. Lane Campbell, minister of religious education at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, OH, organizer for UU Justice Organization and Showing up for Racial Justice
  • Malaya Davis, statewide racial justice organizer for Ohio Student Association
  • Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith, former pastor of Advent United Church of Christ of Columbus, OH and organizer with the People’s Justice Project

The emcee will be Monica Raye Simpson, executive director of SisterSong. Music will be provided by Rev. Sekou and the Holy Ghost.


Music by Rev. Sekou and The Holy Ghost

Monica Simpson, Executive Director, SisterSONG introduces the event

  • Call and response (singing and centering)

  • Framing Movement moment, shout outs to who is here (who is participating: organizers, people of faith-UUs, Christians, Muslims, Jews)

  • MS introduces Peter Morales

Rev. Peter Morales, President, Unitarian Universalist Association

  • Framing on Religious Landscape and racial justice work

  • Lessons from our past—victories and missed opportunities—how do we show up today?

  • How will interfaith community support the movement?

Rev. John Dorhauer, General Minister and President, United Church of Christ

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President, Union for Reform Judaism

Naeem Baig, President, Islamic Circle of North America

Music by Rev. Sekou & the Holy Ghost

Monica Simpson introduces Alicia Garza and naming centrality of local organizing (to come on right after Alicia)

  • Transitions and introduces

Alicia Garza, co-founder, Black Lives Matter

(folks intro themselves)

Rev. Lane Campbell, UU Justice Ohio, Showing up For Racial Justice Columbus

Malaya Davis, Ohio Students Association

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith, Crazy Faith Ministries

Monica Simpson introduces Rev. Barber       

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, North Carolina NAACP

Rev. Cheryl M. Walker, UU Fellowship Wilmington and UU Ministers Association

  • Pledge/Clergy Call “Pledge heart, soul, resources to this work” hold up card (Volunteers would passing out cards)

Monica Simpson: Thanks and Rev. Sekou, one more time

Rev. Sekou & The Holy Ghost Music Out

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