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

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.

Join ERC for the African American Read-In!
Read any book written by an African American author during the month of February, and then send the title, author to erclibrary@usguu.org. You can also send a reflection or come to the March 6 ERC meeting to talk about all the books people read. For ideas, check the great new ERC Lending Library online catalog below.

Check out books from the ERC Library! The Ending Racism Committee Library collection of over 100 books is now available for searching and browsing, visit our ONLINE CATALOG. If you see something you’d like to borrow, you can email erclibrary@usguu.org or click here to fill out a quick form, and we’ll check it out to you and make arrangements to get you the book(s). We are offering home delivery (within a 5-mile radius of the church) or church pick-up while COVID restrictions are still in place. We look forward to having a book cart available for browsing on Sundays after the service in the near future.

If you are interested in getting any of the titles in our library as an e-book, you can try searching your public library’s e-book resources:  in Philadelphia  or in Montgomery County.

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

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.

View our Zoom ERC Presents meetings here!

Vanessa Lowe, co-chair of POWER’s  Local Organizing Committee outlines POWER’s priorities for 2022 and talks about the possibility that Philadelphia will have a public bank.

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 in June, 2019. The UUA’s Commission on Institutional Change Report called Widening the Circle of Concern which was the result of three years of work following the 2017 acknowledgment of white supremacy in hiring at the UUA, can guide us in doing the work of the 8th Principle. 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-Chair Carla Campbell for more information at endingracism@usguu.org.