BLUU Resources for Black UUs
Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) has a number of offerings specifically and exclusively for Black UUs and Black folks from other faith traditions who share our values. See below for descriptions and links.
BLUU Haven Philly meets second Saturdays at 3pm!
We hope you join us! This is a great opportunity to build a community of local Black U/UUs to engage with others for social, activist, or other activities based on the interests of the local group. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for info or a Zoom link to join. For more information about BLUU Havens in general refer to: blacklivesuu.com/havens.
Black UU Be-ology Worship Series
All of BLUU’s online worship services are Black Sacred Space in their entirety – by and for Black people, with the words and voices of Black folks across the diaspora – and we hope that Black UUs and Black UU-adjacent folks (who share our values) from far and wide will join us!
For our non-Black siblings in faith, please DO share this invitation with Black folks in your life and community. Getting the word out about BLUU’s gatherings and other programming is one powerful way of lending your support, and we deeply appreciate it!
For all of our services, feel free to come into our BLUU Zoom Room as early as 15 minutes before the start of the service to get settled, say hello to the folks who are already gathering, and listen to the music softly playing as we all prepare for our time together.
Please register to attend BLUU services below.
First Thursdays at 9pm
If you have not registered for Thursday night worship, do so HERE.
Third Sundays at 4pm
If you have not registered for Sunday afternoon worship, do so HERE.
The Central East Region is offering BIPOC BiMonthly Meetings
If you identify as Black, Indigenous or a person of color (BIPOC), you’re invited to join the Central East Region’s BIPOC gatherings on two Mondays of the month at 6:30pm ET. In their gatherings they are joined by lay folks of color, lay leaders of color, and/or religious professionals of color to be in community. Their conversations focus on topics like wellness and resilience and their goal is to center BIPOC experiences and create space to explore their UU experiences. Please email Sana Saeed, email@example.com or Paula Cole Jones firstname.lastname@example.org for zoom information. Dates for Spring Gatherings: Jan 11 & 25, Feb 8 & 22, Mar 8 & 22, Apr 12 & 26, May 10 & 24, and June 14 & 28.
BLUUberry Jams for Youth
BLUU is excited to be resuming their Saturday BLUUBerry Jam sessions on Saturday afternoons. We are also expanding our program to include older youth and caregivers! It’s so important for our youth to have a place to gather with each other in community. Our goals for youth include: Worship and Faith Development; Cultural Education; Identity Development; Hands-on Experience; Leadership Development; and, of course, Community Building.
Join us for BLUU Berries (ages 6-12) and and BerryYouth (ages 12-18) on Saturdays at 2:00 Eastern/ 1 Central / 12 mountain / 11 pacific. Registration required: http://bit.ly/BLUUYouthWinter21
|Community Conversations Resource!|
We encourage everyone to learn from BLUU’s monthly Community Conversations!
The full list of our previous Community Conversations can be found here: Youtube Channel Playlist These videos are great for small group discussions and personal study!
|Did you miss the Harper-Jordan Memorial Symposium?|
If you missed the Symposium, no worries! Access to program events via livestream are available for $50.00. The Harper-Jordan Memorial Symposium responded to a longing on the part of many Black Unitarian Universalists to more fully understand where we have been, who we are now, and how we hope to live out our Unitarian Universalism as Black people. BLUU’s Harper-Jordan Memorial Symposium live stream includes:
*All 6 PlenariesFriday
*Evening Concert with Rev. Sekou
*Saturday Morning Worship
On-demand access to all Plenaries in replayFor details, visit:https://www.blacklivesuu.com/live
Meeting Up with Other Black UUs
One of the most difficult aspects of being a Black Unitarian Universalist in a predominantly white congregation and Association is the sense of isolation that persists. So any opportunity to gather face-to-face can offer spiritual uplift that may not otherwise be readily available. So if you’re coming into a new area for a limited time or permanently, or just haven’t connected with other Black UUs where you’ve been, visit the link below and fill out the form. And if there are folks in your area who we know about, the BLUU Ministerial Network will be delighted to connect you! Link —https://www.blacklivesuu.com/bluumin-meetups