The beauty of anti-racism is that you don’t have to pretend to be free of racism to be anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it’s the only way forward. –Ijoema Oluo

ERC’s Land Acknowledgement Statement
We openly recognize the Lenni-Lenape tribe as the original inhabitants of eastern Pennsylvania, on their traditional territory called “Lenapehoking.” During the colonial era and early federal period, many were removed west and north, but some also remain among the continuing historical tribal communities of the region: the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation; the Ramapough Lenape Nation; and the Powhatan Lenape Nation; the Nanticoke of Millsboro, Delaware; and the Lenape of Cheswold, Delaware.  We acknowledge the Lenape people as the indigenous stewards of their homelands and we do hereby commit to actively supporting our Lenape siblings in whatever way we are able.

ERC meets on the first Sunday of each month, now on Zoom, at 2pm. Meetings will alternate between a guest speaker and  Q&A and committee meetings. Join us at this link:  https://bit.ly/endingracism

On the third Sunday of the month at 2pm, join us for Engage the BLUU box, a resource from Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism which includes readings and reflections from Black UUs and a brief biography of a prominent Black UU. Use this link to join us: https://bit.ly/BLUUBox

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, healing practices, teach-ins, service, and public witnessing, ERC attempts to help identify and fight racism in ourselves and in our communities. We offer many resources below and linked.

ERC Recommends: Action
The first step in anti racist action is education. Please see below for our many educational resources. Next comes making sure everyone in your life knows you are committed to anti racism: your partner, your children, your extended family, your friends, your colleagues, your neighbors, your legislators. Work to elect lawmakers with an anti racist agenda, support Black led organizations and Black owned businesses. If you click ERC Recommends Action above, we have offered resources with specifics and encourage you to choose the one(s) that resonate and commit to actions that you can do in a way that you can sustain. This is life long work. 

ERC Recommends: Education
There are so many ways to educate yourself about racism, we offer a selection here.

ERC Recommends: Events
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View our Zoom ERC Presents meetings here!

Dr. Tyra Bryant-Stephens from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia talks about the decades of work she has done in treating and managing asthma in Philadelphia’s children: “Taking on Asthma- 20 years of community interventions to reduce asthma disparities”. 

 

New to the ERC Library! Many books for children and youth plus adult fiction, non fiction and poetry and we’ll deliver! Email endingracism@usguu.org to borrow.

Ending Racism Resource List  This is an extensive list of articles, books, podcasts, videos and exhibitions, divided by topic.

The 8th Principle: “We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse, multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”

USG passed the 8th Principle over a year ago. The UUA’s Commission on Institutional Change Report called Widening the Circle of Concern was the result of three years of work following the 2017 acknowledgment of white supremacy in hiring at the UUA. It can guide us in doing the work of the 8th Principle. USG has begun engaging with monthly Working Group meetings. You can find a link to more information about USG’s process and many different ways to access the report on the Widening the Circle of Concern page on this website.

Visit the Ending Racism 150th Anniversary Video Project page at this link to view interviews with current and former USG members or read curated transcripts.

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 since 2002 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, Co-Chairs Tonika Berkley and Carla Campbell for more information at endingracism@usguu.org.