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. We offer many resources including these new sections of our webpage:
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.
Included in the Action Posts above: links to Lori Tharps’ series “Don’t Be Racist,” “bite-sized” action steps.
ERC Recommends: Education
Click the above link for a regularly updated list of resources or see below for more resources.
This short (4 minute) video explains the main barrier for African Americans in the US against to achieve generational wealth, attending college and an improved quality of life.
A longer (16 minute) video with more detail on the reasons for the racial wealth gap.
View our Zoom ERC Presents meetings here! Dana Carter of the Racial Justice Organizing Committee and Melanated Educators spoke to us February 7, 2021.
New to the ERC Library! Many books for children and youth plus adult fiction, non fiction and poetry and we’ll deliver! Email firstname.lastname@example.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. There is a monthly multi congregation 8th Principle meeting to talk about what different congregations can do. The UUA’s Commission on Institutional Change Report called Widening the Circle of Concern can guide us in doing the work of the 8th Principle. The above link takes you to a video of the Commission presenting their findings at GA) was the result of three years of work following the 2017 acknowledgment of white supremacy in hiring at the UUA. USG has begun engaging with monthly Working Group meetings and a monthly Q&A with Board members on the 2nd Sunday after the service. 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.
2020 African American Read-In Report This is a list of the books by African Americans that USG members and friends reported reading in February 2020. The 2021 Read In is now! PLease choose a book by an African American author and read it this month. Send the title to email@example.com or join us on March 7 at 2.
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, rewarding, spiritually nourishing, and inspiring.
Please email co-Chair Tonika Berkley and leadership team member Barbara Dowdall for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
There is also a Racism Book Study Group that meets second Mondays at 7:30pm, plus possible other times. See Adult Spiritual Development page or event list for updated days/times.
ERC has an 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.