Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Resistance and Transformation: An Adult Program on Unitarian Universalist Social Justice History

Spiritual Preparation

Read Leader Resource1, Southern Unitarian Universalists in the Civil Rights Era. How much of this history were you aware of?

Consider this statement of the Reverend Gordon D. Gibson:

These stories do not mean, "Unitarian Universalists led the civil rights movement." The Movement was a movement of, by, and for African Americans, only some of whom were Unitarian Universalist. An accurate history of the Movement could be written without using the words "Unitarian Universalist."

In this workshop, keep in mind the differences between the daily life of the Unitarian Universalists, mostly white, who supported civil rights, and the lives of the African Americans, both Unitarian Universalist and not, who lived under segregation. Think about the ways your life situation has affected the way you have engaged with social justice issues. Have you ever felt compelled to take up a cause when doing so would radically alter your day-to-day existence? If so, in what ways was that liberating and empowering for you? In what ways did it constrain you? Discuss these questions with your co-facilitator.

Before you lead the workshop, take time to complete this sentence: "At the end of this workshop, I hope the participants leave feeling... "