We are in a state of emergency here in the Twin Cities, and increasingly across the nation and beyond, following George Floyd's brutal murder last week.
The crisis is real and raging. #WeCantBreathe. For some, it is taking everything we have and then some. Every day presents more to do (and learn) than there is time for doing and learning. For many, especially black, indigenous, and people of color, trauma current and old alike is setting off overwhelming alarms, in the sometimes conflicting ways trauma does. For all of us, we are asked to consider how we will live out our values in the double pandemic of racism and Covid.
This week (starting tonight), the UUA and Unity Church (informed by our collaboration with black leaders) will be offering several invitations meant to help us share these questions in a supportive and deeply challenging way that will lead to action and lasting change.
We, the ministers of Unity Church, hope you will attend one or more these offerings online. We hope you will find your own next right action, as the teachers tell us to do. We hope none of us will let the pain and terror of these times pass unused in our desire for and our commitment to a world of justice for all.
Rev. Janne Eller-Isaacs
Rev. Rob Eller-Isaacs
Rev. Lisa Friedman
Rev. Karen Hering
Rev. KP Hong
UUA Prayer Vigil and Call to Action: #WeCantBreathe
Tuesday, June 2 • 7:00-8:30 p.m. CST
Join us as we gather to reclaim black freedom, decry white supremacy, grieve the murder of black lives, and recommit to living our Unitarian Universalist values. Speakers include Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, Rev. Carlton Elliott Smith, Everette Thompson, Rev. Michael J. Crumpler, Paige Ingram. Musician: Melanie DeMore.
Unity Church: #WeCantBreathe
Wednesday, June 3 • 7:00 p.m.
Honoring George Floyd with prayerful vigil and an invitation into personal reflection in writing, silence, and facilitated conversation, on the meaning of these events and our call to respond. Open to all. Led by the Rev. KP Hong and Karen Hering, with Unity's ministers and staff.
Finding Our Next Right Action
Thursday, June 4 • 7:00 p.m.
Unity ministers open a space for understanding the many options for supporting change in this moment. Facilitated small groups will help you connect with others and information for making donations, hands on helping, legislative action, and protest.
Beloved Community Resources
Unity Justice Database
Team Dynamics House of Intersectionality
Anti-Racism Resources in the Unity Libraries Collection
Creative Writers of Color in Unity Libraries
The History of Race Relations and Unity Church, 1850-2005
Beloved Community Staff Team
The Beloved Community Staff Team (BCST) strengthens and coordinates Unity’s antiracism and multicultural work, and provides opportunities for congregants and the church to grow into greater intercultural competency. We help the congregation ground itself in the understanding of antiracism and multiculturalism as a core part of faith formation. We support Unity’s efforts to expand our collective capacity to imagine and build the Beloved Community. Here, we share the stories of this journey — the struggles, the questions, and the collaborations — both at Unity and in the wider world.
The current members of the Beloved Community Staff Team include Rev. Kathleen Rolenz, Rev. KP Hong, Rev. Lara Cowtan, Barbara Hubbard, Drew Danielson, Laura Park, Lia Rivamonte and Angela Wilcox.