Anti-Racism Working Group
Old Ship Church is forming a group committed to doing the work necessary to help us understand internal bias, how it feeds systemic racism, and the steps we can take to repair racial injustice within our own communities.
Open to all members and friends, we plan to meet the fourth Sunday of each month at noon in the parlor.
Notices of specific meetings will be found on this web site's home page. Please join us!
SAVE THE DATE: The first Meeting House Forum "Black Lives Matter - to Everyone" will feature speakers Martin Henson from Black Lives Matter Boston and Rahsaan Hall, Director of the Racial Justice Program for ACLU Massachusetts, on the topic of race. More details to follow! Sunday, March 18 at 4:00 pm in the Old Ship Meeting House
A UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’ THEOLOGY (excerpt)
by Kenny Wiley - March 26, 2015
To read the complete essay, click here.
"The first of the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism reads: Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person... It’s beautiful, and simple, and too often not quite true.
racial justice organizations
Community Change, Inc. Educating and Organizing for Racial Equity since 1968 Learn more.
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ): Boston. Racism 101
Black Lives Matter Boston Learn more.
black lives matter
Ken Read-Brown's Sermon: September 20, 2015 - Naming Lives That Matter
Old Ship conversation around Black Lives Matter. We hung the banner… what does it mean?
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) speaks to the Black Lives Matter movement. Several of these articles were published in UU World, the magazine for liberal religion and life that we receive with membership in Old Ship.
• November 5, 2015: Message from UUA President Peter Morales on the Movement for Black Lives here
• November 1, 2015: "Powerfully, adamantly, dangerously afraid" A discussion among 5 UUs of color about Ta-Nehisi Coates' provocative new book Between the World and Me. here
• October 26, 2015: What UU churches learn when they proclaim Black Lives Matter here
• August 10, 2015: Five ways to support Black Lives Matter here
• Read the 2015 Action of Immediate Witness "Support the Black Lives Matter Movement," as adopted by the UUA's General Assembly in June, 2015.
Boston.com: October, 2015 The New England father of an 8 year-old African-American girl wrote an open letter to his neighbor after the “Black Lives Matter” sign he posted on his lawn drew an anonymous complaint.
WBUR On Point: October 28, 2015 Black Lives Matter, Cops And American Crime FBI chief James Comey suggests Black Lives Matter has police backing off and crime pushing up. The Justice Department says not so. We’ll dive in.
WGBH October 2, 2015 Basic Black discussion of the Black Lives Matter movement: history, backlash, splintering, and future, comparisons with the civil rights movement of the '60s. Watch here.
WBUR News September 29, 2015: Local Activists Applaud Elizabeth Warren's Speech on Black Lives Matter
Read commentary and listen here. Follow the links at the end of the piece for more.
memoirs / nonfiction
history / nonfiction
films & videos
"I Am Not Your Negro" (documentary, 94 mins.) 2017, by filmmaker Raoul Peck, based on original writings and words of James Baldwin: a "blazing examination of the tragic history of race in America" - connects the Civil Rights movement to Black Lives Matter, through looking at the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr..
James Baldwin (1924 - 1987): "The Fire Next Time;" "I Am Not Your Negro" (also a documentary); "No Name in the Street"
W.E.B. DuBois: "The Souls of Black Folks"
Toni Morrison: "Beloved"
Zora Neal Hurston: "Their Eyes Were Watching God"