Although the Black Lives Matter coalition itself was founded in 2013, the slogan stormed into the national consciousness late last year, as high-profile cases of police brutality were cleared by grand juries from Missouri to New York. As my own involvement in the movement has increased, I’ve talked with fellow Unitarian Universalists across the country who are looking for ways to engage. Many are asking what they can do individually and what Unitarian Universalists can do collectively.
Answers are emerging. This summer, the UUA General Assembly called on UUs to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Over the past year, some congregations have started displaying banners proclaiming “Black Lives Matter”—and then putting them back up after vandals and thieves have defaced or stolen them. And individual UUs are joining the burgeoning movement, with some of us leading protests, vigils, and community forums challenging racial injustice and systemic inequalities.
In this time of renewed attention and energy toward racial justice work, there exists in UU spaces tremendous excitement—but also caution and fear. Here are five ways UUs can engage with Black Lives Matter.
See how The Unitarian Church in Summit is engaging with these five steps.
Kenny Wiley is a UU World senior editor and director of faith formation at Prairie Unitarian Universalist Church in Parker, Colorado. His writing has also appeared in the Boston Globe, the Houston Chronicle, and Skyd Magazine.