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. The best way to stay up to date on BLUU offerings is to subscribe to their mailing list.
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Join us to engage with other local Black U/UUs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP and get the location or the link.
Remaining planned meetings this year:
For information about Black Lives of UU (BLUU) refer to:
BLUU Spiritual Communities – Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (blacklivesuu.org)
Second Sunday of the month, 4pm Eastern.
If you haven’t already, sign up for worship here: https://bit.ly/3wYfnjb.
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. You can also join their Facebook page for access to worship.
Black Sacred Space is by and for Black people. If you are a Black UU or a Black person who shares our values of love, justice, and liberation, please join us on Zoom (register at that link.)
BLUU community member Alice Ocrey will lead a 30-minute sitting meditation in Black Sacred Space every third Monday of the month beginning this September.
Every meditation begins at 8:25 p.m. ET/5:25 p.m. PT with a five-minute check-in. Then, Ms. Alice offers a five-minute dharma talk, 15-minute meditation, and an ending with Darshan, a gaze blessing for all participants in the Zoom “squares,” our chosen families, the wider community, and our world family.
Alice Ocrey has practiced Secular Buddhism since 2009. She became more involved with Secular Buddhism when she joined Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Chicago in 2010. When the Tuesday evening Sangha was held there, she was an avid participant. During the earlier parts of the pandemic, she was one of five people who facilitated a Daily Meditation. To date, Daily Meditation welcomes between 20- 60 participants. Some participants Zoom in from Seattle, Portugal, Pakistan and other parts of the United States and the world. Whenever you come, you will be welcomed with open hearts.
Pastoral care is a model of emotional and spiritual support that can be found in all cultures and traditions. People who provide pastoral care offer support to people in their joys, sorrows, and uncertainties associated with specific life events occurring while part of the community in which pastoral caregivers serve. Spiritual care is a multi-faceted model of support in individuals’ search for meaning, purpose, wholeness, and connection in day-to-day life.
BLUU is blessed with a community filled with pastoral and spiritual leadership. Please don’t forget that the BLUU Ministerial Network has a pastoral care line available for Black folks. You can text or call 984-219-8710 to schedule a time to speak with a BLUU chaplain.
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We encourage everyone to learn from BLUU’s monthly Community Conversations recorded in 2019!
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!