Walpole Unitarian Church Task Force to Present
Forums on Facing Racism
In light of the recent increased focus on race and racism in our country, our church has formed a task force on facing racism. The task force will present three Thursday evening Zoom forums this fall. Each forum will feature an open conversation, facilitated by Reverend Elaine Bomford and members of the congregation, focused on recommended readings and viewings. Those interested should email firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on the email list for Zoom attendance details. Feel free to attend one, two, or all forums.
Facing Racism Education continues:
From 7 to 8:30 p.m. EST on the third Thursday of the month, we gather on Zoom for “Facing Racism” conversations. Here is the upcoming slate of programs, facilitated by Judy Lundahl and Rev. Elaine. All are welcome.
Further information with links to materials for preparation and Zoom links for the meetings will be sent via the church e-mail list and Facing Racism participants list. Please e-mail if you would like to be added to either.
March 18 – Three Dialogues about Making Change
1. Ibram X. Kendi: The difference between being "not racist" and antiracist 51 minutes
There is no such thing as being "not racist," says author and historian Ibram X. Kendi. In this vital conversation, he defines the transformative concept of antiracism to help us more clearly recognize, take responsibility for and reject prejudices in our public policies, workplaces and personal beliefs. Learn how you can actively use this awareness to uproot injustice and inequality in the world – and replace it with love.
(This virtual interview, hosted by TED's current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers and speaker development curator Cloe Shasha, was recorded June 9, 2020.)
2. White Parents, Raising Black Children – Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man - Ep. 6 Emmanuel Acho 16 minutes
Emmanuel Acho sits down with Aaron & Jamie Ivey + their kids, to have an uncomfortable conversation about the struggles, differences and what they have learned, in raising black, white and mixed children. Emmanuel asks the Ivey's if they fear for their black children's lives and if the kids would rather have black parents raising them. Recorded Jul 28, 2020
3.The Daily Social Distancing Show with Trevor Noah
Amanda Gorman - “The Hill We Climb” & Activism Through Poetry 8 minutes
Amanda Gorman discusses reading her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Biden’s inauguration, what poetry means to her and her upcoming Super Bowl performance. Recorded Jan 28, 2021
Link to Amanda Gorman’s “The Hill We Climb.”
April 15 – Statements of Conscience: Articulating our commitment to racial justice.
Discussion of materials generated by the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism community and sister UU congregations. We'll take a look at the BLUU–proposed 8th Principle. Facing Racism Task Force members share possible revisions/additions to the Walpole Unitarian Mission Statement.
May 20 – “Black Joy” in Black Culture – an evening centered on the arts.
Details to come.
Facing Racism Task Force - Part II
This article is an update of the FRTF – Part I story that appeared in the last issue of our Tower Clock. As stated in the conclusion to that article, “...there was significant interest in undertaking anti-racist activities with other local congregations, that an ecumenical rather than purely UU response was viewed as desirable....education is necessary, [and] action is desired...”
The Task Force has continued to meet and has followed up on all three of those conclusions.
First, we have reached out to the Walpole Congregational Church, Walpole’s St. John’s Episcopal Church, and to the Monadnock Interfaith Project. The WCC minister Rev. Malmberg has expressed interest in staying connected with our Zoom sessions while hoping that the membership of his church will also become engaged. A member of St. John’s attended our last TF meeting. One of the TF members Judy Lundahl represents the WUC at the MIP.
Second, we continue to organize Zoom meetings to which we invite not only WUC members and friends but also other interested parties. On February 18 we held a Zoom discussion of “Caste,’ by Isabel Wilkerson. We are also planning another Zoom session focusing on film and video; Judy Lundahl prepared the resource list for this session.
And finally, we struggle with how we can take effective action. As reported in the last newsletter, we researched how to impact the criminal justice system, which is loaded against people of color and people with limited resources. We have decided that sending a “thank you” stipend to Paul Introcaso from UU Action, NH, who came to the October meeting to explain UUANH’s program to help people involved in both jail and immigration detention, is one small thing.
We encourage others to also support their work. The address is NH Bail and Bond Fund, c/o UU Action, NH, PO Box 3862, Manchester, NH, 03105. https:// www.uuactionnh.org.