More about the White Supremacy Teach In

In collaboration with 100s of UU congregations around the country, join us Sunday October 22.

Unitarian Universalist Aisha Ansano poignantly wrote, “White people tend to be visitors to the struggle for racial justice, ones that aren’t forced to be there but can choose to come in and leave whenever they like. People of color reside in the struggle for racial justice by virtue of their race.”

Some of us refer to the structures of oppression as White Supremacy. Some of us call it Racism. As Unitarian Universalists, we embrace the right of people to use the language they choose. And from that point, how can we stand in solidarity with one another to create a more just and equitable world for people of color, for all people? The work is not easy and not always comfortable, but it is deep, important, spiritual work, which, in beloved community, we can do.

Childcare will be available. Child Spiritual Development classes will be held, as originally scheduled, for all children and youth.

If you have any questions or comments related to this Teachin, please contact Rev. Kent Matthies at or Debbie Ward at

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“Some periods of our growth are so confusing that we don’t even recognize that growth is happening. We may feel hostile or angry or weepy and hysterical, or we may feel depressed. It would never occur to us, unless we stumbled on a book or a person who explained to us, that we were in fact in the process of change, of actually becoming larger, spiritually, than we were before. Whenever we grow, we tend to feel it, as a young seed must feel the weight and inertia of the earth as it seeks to break out of its shell on its way to becoming a plant. Often the feeling is anything but pleasant. But what is most unpleasant is the not knowing what is happening. Those long periods when something inside ourselves seems to be waiting, holding its breath, unsure about what the next step should be, eventually become the periods we wait for, for it is in those periods that we realize that we are being prepared for the next phase of our life and that, in all probability, a new level of the personality is about to be revealed.”

Alice Walker, Living by the Word