How do Unitarian Universalists work towards ending racism? We start with ourselves because for us, ending racism is soul work. Through readings, discussions, workshops, training programs, teach-ins, service, and public witnessing, ERC attempts to help identify and fight racism in ourselves and in American society.

ERC vision and mission statements

Vision: ERC envisions a society in which racial justice and equality are the reality for all. 

Mission: ERC works toward dismantling racism in all its forms; individual, institutional, and systemic; through self-examination, education, advocacy, public witness, and service.

The Ending Racism Committee (ERC) has been active for nearly 17 years at USG and has been committed to raising awareness among its own members and in the congregation. Members feel that ERC work is necessary, supportive, positive, empowering, rewarding, spiritually nourishing, and inspiring.

ERC meets on the first Sunday of each month from 12-2pm in the Sullivan Chapel. Starting in October, we will spend the first hour Engaging the BLUUbox, a new resource from Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism. Please join us!

ERC movie nights are moving to Fridays starting in September. Fourth Friday in September, third in October and November, no movie in September.  7-9pm.

ERC has a new affiliation with Men Who Care Germantown. Their website is linked here, they welcome support from anyone at USG whether you are a member of ERC or not.

To join ERC, come to our meetings. For more information, please email –endingracism@usguu.org

White Privilege
Ideally all white people examine and reflect on their own privilege. This is a very deep personal process that is essential to becoming a truly equal society. With the goal of helping the white people of USG on this journey, we offer a variety of resources and a space to share experiences and feelings about this process.

Last year, we reflected on the following curriculum from the United Church of Christ, our Christian partner denomination.

Introduction
Spiritual Autobiographies Told Through the Lens of Race
Whiteness as the Norm 
The Cash Value of Whiteness
On Becoming an Ally

Here is a link to an implicit bias quiz. It can be disturbing to discover you biases, but helpful in changing them.

ERC Statement of Conscience on Criminal Justice in the United States, Dec. 14, 2014

July 24, 2016 Service at USG: “Why Black Lives Matter”