Living the Richmond Pledge
At a moving service on December 7, 2014, which proclaimed that Black Lives Matter, First UU of Richmond (FUUR) began a movement. One hundred ninety-two (192) people signed the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond Pledge (www.richmondpledge.org). This led to the development of a workshop, called “Living the Pledge”. Several UUCC members attended that first workshop.
On February 27 and March 5, 2016, those UUCC members hosted a “Living the Pledge” workshop at UUCC. Having received training as leaders and small group facilitators, they provided an opportunity to learn more about the Pledge, explore issues of race and racism in today’s world, and develop specific commitments for making a difference in our community, as part of a movement of individuals committed to ending racism in our community, in our country, and in our world. The workshop ended with the participants also signing the Richmond Pledge. Living the Pledge workshops are offered about twice a year. The next workshop will be at FUUR on July 9 and 23, 2016. You can find future dates, and more information, at the www.richmondpledge.org site.
Below are some resources if you would like to learn more, or get involved:
- ”Richmond’s Unhealed History” by Rev. Ben Campbell
- ARE: Allies for Racial Equity, Building an anti-racist movement among white Unitarian Universalists
- DRUUMM: Diverse and Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministry, A collective of people who identify as people of color
- SURJ: Showing Up for Racial Justice, A national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice
- Black Lives of UU