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 Formed
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 BLUU@usguu.org for info about the Philly group. 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 at https://bit.ly/bluuthur20.


Third Sundays at 4pm
If you have not registered for Sunday afternoon worship, do so at https://bit.ly/bluusun20.

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 BerrYouth (ages 12-18) on Saturdays at 2:00 Eastern/ 1 Central / 12 mountain / 11 pacific. Our first meeting will be an Introductory Open House on Saturday, October 3. Registration required:BIT.LY/BLUUYOUTH20
This year, we’re also adding a monthly Caregivers Roundtable for parents and care-givers of our BLUU Youth to talk with each other about your experiences raising our precious ones. That group will meet on the 3rd Friday of each month at 6:00 pm Eastern / 5 Central / 4 Mountain / 3 Pacific. For our first Care-givers Roundtable will be Friday, October 16, we’ll be discussing: Having Hard Conversations With Our Kids 

A monthly offering!

We are excited to be making space for a monthly sit for us Black folk. Meditation and mindfulness are powerfully healing tools in these times. So if you’re someone who’d find meaning in a simple half-hour format that includes an opening reading, meditation, reflection and closing music, we hope you’ll join us every 2nd Monday at 8pm ET/5pm PT.
 
Register here:bit.ly/BLUUSIT20 (CASE SENSITIVE)

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! 

For the month of August 2020, we are highlighting the work of the Black Immigrant Collective. The Black Immigrant Collective is a Minnesota Black-led immigrant organization that works at the intersection of Blackness and migration. Our work includes: mutual aid support; deportation & detention defense; local, state & federal policy and resource sharing. The Black Immigrant Collective is an intentional space centering the lives of Black immigrants to:
Build on our power toward our collective liberation
Highlight and make visible the impact of immigration policy and law enforcement on Black immigrants
Share best practices on immigrant related work in Black immigrant communities
Recognize our collective resilience and community resources as a way of being
Work in solidarity with ALL Black people as well as other immigrant communities and indigenous peoples.
To learn more about the Black Immigrant Collective and make a donation, visit https://blackimmigrantcollective.org/
Become a BLUU Beloved! 
BLUU Beloved is an opportunity for Unitarian Universalists and UU-adjacent who are Black/People of African descent to further connect, build community and develop leadership within the work of BLUU and our connection to broader liberation movements. For more information visit: https://www.blacklivesuu.com/membership
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