“From Biltmore to BLUU”
In a follow-up sermon to her MLK sermon, Rev. Anne continues her exploration of the difficulties inherent for African American voices to be heard and valued within our denomination. Today we lift up the Black Lives Unitarian Universalist movement and will have a special collection to support our colleagues of color who have been marginalized through years of white supremacy.
This Sunday, guest pianist Sarah Hager and First Parish tenor soloist Austin Burns will provide inspirational music for worship. Austin will sing 2 African-American spirituals: a rousing arrangement of “Every Time I Feel the Spirit” and a lyrical rendition of “Deep River.” Sarah will play Ludwig van Beethoven’s energetic “Allegro” (from Piano Sonata in C, Op. 2, No. 3), Frederic Mompou’s contemporary piano piece “Trois Variations (1926)” and Barbara Smith’s serene “Woods Walk.”
Rev. Anne Mason, Worship Leader
Today there will be a special collection called: The Promise and the Practice of Our Faith.
Imagine what our faith would look like if we upheld and centered the history, the perspectives, the voices, and the leadership of Black Unitarian Universalists…
The Promise and the Practice of Our Faith campaign is our opportunity to take the lead as a faith denomination in addressing our history of upholding white supremacy.
The UUA launched The Promise and the Practice of our Faith following the General Assembly in New Orleans in June 2017. It is a historic commitment to address our denomination’s history of upholding white supremacy, and all Unitarian Universalists are invited to be part of it through:
- Holding at least one worship service around the campaign’s themes, and
- Financial support (each congregation is asked to pledge the equivalent of $10 per member), and
- Making a long-term commitment to dismantling white supremacy, racism and oppression within our congregations, our Association, and beyond.
Please come prepared to participate in this historic moment of our denomination. If you cannot attend on Feb. 18th, please consider making a contribution to support the voice of Black Unitarian Universalists by sending a check to the office.