Black Lives Matter

chalkheartv2Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church stands with love on Black Lives Matter. We, a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person.
  • Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and  justice for all.
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

A number of UU congregations around the country have hung “Black Lives Matter” banners on their buildings – in response to the number of unarmed black men who have been killed by white police officers.

Some folks object, responding “all lives matter.” Of course all lives matter! But the “Black Lives Matter” movement was begun as a response to the fact that unarmed black people (especially young black men) seem to be getting killed by police in disproportionate numbers. The Black Lives Matter movement was never meant to suggest that black lives are more important than white ones (any more than “Save the Whales” means “Forget All the Other Animals”). It was meant to say black lives are as important as white ones. So “Black Lives Matter” doesn’t mean that other lives don’t. It really means “Black Lives Matter Too.” [excerpted from Reverend Tony Larsen’s “Parson to Person” September 2015]

Black Lives Matter Information:
UUA 2015 Action of Immediate Witness: Support The Black Lives Matter Movement

UUA: “Black Lives Matter”

Daniel S. Schatz: “On Being Asked To Change “BLACK LIVES MATTER” To “ALL LIVES MATTER”

Lauren Walleser: “UUA Shows Support for Black Lives Matter Movement with New Art Installation”

Standing On The Side Of Love: “The Power of the Black Lives Matter Banner”

Kenny Wiley, UU World: “Five ways to support Black Lives Matter”

Kenny Wiley: “A Unitarian Universalist ‘Black Lives Matter’ Theology”

Julia Craven, “Please Stop Telling Me That All Lives Matter”

Do All Black Lives Matter? Feminism, Humanism and State Violence

Anthony Pinn, “Confronting Racism: Don’ts and Dos for Humanists”

Greta Christina, “The Part About Black Lives Mattering Where White People Shut Up and Listen”

FBI director tells police chiefs they can learn from Black Lives Matter hashtag

This American Life: Cops See It Differently, Part 1

This American Life: Cops See It Differently, Part 2