- We invite you to consider that voter suppression campaigns aimed at people of color, youth, and naturalized citizens are undermining our communities and our democracy. To combat these attacks, Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice and the All Souls Church thru the Reeb Project for Voting Rights have teamed up to increase voter participation in states including Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida. Check out their calendar to do in-person canvassing and phone banking to build power and community. Visit the Fall 2018 GOTV Calendar to get involved.
- Democracy Bootcamp held at RRUUC in September, engaged the Montgomery County Community in supporting, encouraging, and educating people about the critical link between voting and democracy.
Pathways to Racial Justice
Congregants recognize that the journey to racial justice involves new ways of living together and of moving forward individually and collectively.
Each Pathway’s work is highlighted and all are invited to participate as they are able. To be added to any Pathway listserv or if you have any questions, send a request here.
ACTIONS 4 JUSTICE Recognizing that our constitutional democracy affords us the opportunity and civic responsibility to take political action working for political rights of racial/ethnic, religious, and immigrant minority populations facing discrimination.
EDUCATING 4 CHANGE Transforming from the Inside Out
Our pathway develops opportunities to increase personal self-awareness about race and helps RRUUC congregants enter this work where ever they may be in their understanding of race and personal biases. Working to educate and change the attitudes among ourselves and our next generation.
- Transforming from Within: A series of ten (10) engagements that employ different “frames” to learn about and reflect on the stories about race in America. Each session is a single offering though conceived of as a whole together. Registration for each event is separate with sliding scale fees. Some events require registration (click on the blue title for online registration online. Some engagements may also allow you to drop-in.
- Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. Meet at RRUUC, then carpool together to former Douglass home in southeast D.C. Sunday, October 14, directly after the 2nd service with brown bag lunch, carpooling to site.
- How Hamiliton Amplies Race. Sunday, November 11, bag lunch 12;30-2;30 p.m., Topics include casting, hip hop, and the compelling story of freedom and liberation as we listen to music and read lyrics.
- Anti-Racism Workshop: A Conversation for White People. Sunday, December 2, bag lunch, 12;30-2:30 p.m. What happened to the idea of color-blindness? Why are we always talking about race? Explore identity and systems that shape who we are and how we view others.
- Future months in the series:
- January: “White Like Me” by Tim Wise & “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo (readings)
- February: “I Am Not Your Negro” and “Get Out” (movies)
- March: “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- April: “Small Act” Leaders,i.e Parkland students
- ENGAGING COMMUNITIES Aligning our personal actions with collective RRUUC actions and engagement will effect systemic change.
- Check out an emerging action of this Pathway: http://freemindsbookclub.org
- SUPPORTING ACCESS TO EDUCATION Organized to financially and relationally support college scholarship and scholars (College Access) and educational resources for children living in the Edgewood neighborhood (DC) who are served by enriching their life expanding potential through Beacon House.
- PATHWAYS 4 KIDS To incarnate building Beloved Community into the actions of children’s daily lives and partner with other Pathways action.
- WITNESSING 4 JUSTICE Dedicated to Increasing our individual self-awareness that privilege some experience is built on racial injustice.
- Weekly Vigils for Black Lives Matter witness weekly at 6:30pm.