The Promise and the Practice of Our Faith for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism
What​ ​would​ ​it​ ​be​ ​like​ ​if​ ​our​ ​UU​ ​worship​ ​service​ ​centered​ ​entirely​ ​around the​ ​voices​ ​and​ ​the​ ​experiences​ ​of​ ​black​ ​Unitarian​ ​Universalists?​ ​What truths​ ​might​ ​we​ ​hear,​ ​however​ ​difficult?​ ​What​ ​might​ ​we​ ​learn?​ ​How​ ​might these​ ​black​ ​UU​ ​leaders​ ​teach​ ​us​ ​to​ ​be​ ​better​ ​allies,​ ​better​ ​siblings​ ​in​ ​faith, and​ ​even​ ​better​ ​citizens​ ​in​ ​our​ ​community? White​ ​Unitarian Universalists​ ​are​ ​still​ ​learning​ ​to​ ​decenter our​ ​whiteness​ ​so​ ​that​ ​people of​ ​color​ can find in us a truly welcoming community.​ ​Join​ ​us​ ​as​ ​we practice​ ​that​ ​work,​ ​and​ ​promise​ ​a​ ​new​ ​way​ ​of​ ​being​ ​together. 

The​ ​worship​ ​components​ ​in​ ​this​ ​service were​ ​created​ ​specifically​ ​for​ ​The  Promise​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Practice​ ​Sunday​ ​by​ ​black​ ​religious​ ​professionals​ ​who​ ​were  compensated​ ​for​ ​their​ ​time,​ ​wisdom,​ ​and​ ​skills.​ ​Through​ ​dialogue​ ​and​ ​covenant,  they​ ​chose​ ​to​ ​“story”​ ​their​ ​own​ ​lives​ ​–​ ​that​ ​is,​ ​to​ ​draw​ ​from​ ​their​ ​lived​ ​experience  and​ ​make​ ​of​ ​it​ ​a​ ​text​ ​to​ ​be​ ​absorbed​ ​by​ ​UUs​ ​of​ ​all​ ​races​ ​and​ ​ethnicities.​ ​We’re  grateful​ ​for​ ​the​ ​courage​ ​and​ ​vision​ ​offered​ ​by​ ​these​ ​writers: Rev.​ ​Kimberly​ ​Quinn​ ​Johnson, Adrian L. H. Graham, Connie​ ​Simon, Jae Scott and Rev. Erika Hewitt, Rev. Carol Thomas Cissel, and Rayla Baldwin Mattson.