The Unitarian Universalism That Does Not Yet Exist

Shirley Chisholm was asked why she, a Black woman, was running for president: "You don't have a chance. Why are you doing that?" And she said, "Because I am in love with the America that does not yet exist," and that's how Unitarian Universalism is also. I'm in love with the Unitarian Universalism that does not yet exist. But I have to hold both the love for that thing and the love for the reality. It does not yet exist. It will probably not exist in my lifetime. I don't think it will in that of my children, but I can't deny my love for it. You know, wanting to be there in that struggle. That's why I'm fighting.

in Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry (p.77)

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Natalie Maxwell Fenimore

Rev. Natalie Maxwell Fenimore is part of the ministerial team at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, New York. Rev. Fenimore has been director of religious education, parish minister, and minster of religious education in Unitarian Universalist congregations in...

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Centering Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry

By Mitra Rahnema
From Skinner House Books

The 2017-18 UUA Common Read A joint project of the Committee for Antiracism, Anti-oppression, and Multiculturalism of the UUMA and Skinner House Books, Centering is the first book to center the stories, analysis, and insight of Unitarian Universalists of color offering their religious leadership.

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