BUUF Racial Justice Ministry, 1/22/20

Meeting Minutes

January 22, 2020 @10:00a.m.

Present:           Eileen Oldag, Tom Neale, Don Stepich, Diane Ryssel

Next Meeting:  February 6, 2020 @2:00p.m.

  1. Announcements:
    1. Changing Systems Webinar at BUUF January 28th, 2020 from 6-7:30p.m. facilitated by Rick Groff.
    2. February 3rd, 2020 6:30-8:30p.m. Path to Allyship White Fragility program followed by a roundtable discussion 8:30p.m. to 9:30p.m.
    3. January 27, 2020 noon meet at BUUF to finalize the White Fragility Program outline.
  2. Discussion:
    1. MLK service on Sunday was well received with Eileen’s reflection, Mary Beth’s music utilizing the 8th Principle, and Reverend Sara’s message. Empowering messages from all who participated.
    2. Tom is putting together a movie night at BUUF with a race or racial justice movie theme. Title and dates to be determined.
    3. Don continues to expand the RJM webpage which includes meeting notes, videos of the month with questions, and program information.
    4. The Changing Systems Webinar. A joint effort. American Friends Service, UUA put together racial justice training for asylums. Collection of five live interactive webinars. RJM will host these. Will support the first webinar, then assess whether or not the RJM will continue to facilitate the remaining four sessions.
    5. Began formulating content and structure for session (3), White Fragility. Continuing to dialog about after session meetings for any folks who want to continue the conversation.
    6. Information was secured regarding a possible Common Read for BUUF congregants. The protocol is specific for a congregational read, and requests are submitted, then determined by the UUA, and are offered to all UU congregations. It was decided to reach out to our local BUUF leadership to explore possibly doing our own congregational read with a racial justice theme.
  3. Racial Justice Ministry Path to Racial Allyship Series dates and topics:
    1. 11/04/19 White Privilege (Don and Tom)
    2. 12/02/19 Implicit Bias/Good and Bad Binary (Eileen and Diane)
    3. 02/03/20 White Fragility (Diane)
    4. 03/02/20 Intersectionality (Tom)
    5. 04/06/20 Systemic Racism (Don)
    6. 05/04/20 The Pillars of White Culture (Eileen)
  4. Changing Systems Webinar: 6-7:30p.m. at BUUF
    • 01/28/20
    • 02/25/20
    • 03/24/20
    • 04/28/20
    • 05/26/20


  • Don will continue to manage the RJM webpage.
  • Eileen will post the February video of the month on Google.
  • Tom will work on scheduling a BUUF movie night put on by RJM.
  • Diane will create a program outline for the 2/3/20 program, and begin a resource list, and other documents for the White Fragility Program.
  • Rick will facilitate the Changing Systems webinar on 1/28/20.

Ongoing Team Focus:

Short videos for discussion
Recruiting speakers
Advertising events
Fund raising options
Offering a book series Waking up Whiteand Finding Myself in the Story of Race, by Debby Irving (Eileen)
Story circles
Congregational Read
Discussion groups
Handouts and media sources