BUUF Racial Justice Ministry (RJM), June 26, 2019

BUUF Racial Justice Ministry (RJM)

Date:                      June 26, 2019

Present:                 Eileen Oldag, Tom Neale, Don Stepich

Next Meeting:       Thursday, July 11, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m.

  1. Announcements
    1. A Social Justice Council (SJC) retreat is being planned for Saturday, August 24, from 9:00 am to noon at BUUF. Detains are yet to be determined. The basic plan so far is to provide each SJC group (including the Racial Justice Ministry) an opportunity learn what other groups are doing.
    2. Don emailed Jill Gill. She is out of the office until August. He will contact her again after that.
  2.  Discussion
    1. A draft blurb for the SJC was ok’d with the addition of Tom, Eileen, and Don as contacts for anyone interested in more information about the RJM.
    2. Information brought back from UUA General Assembly (GA) by Eileen and Tom included:
      1. Workshops, key presenters, and impressive ideas
      2. Organizations that might be resources, including:
        1. UUA/Justice and Inclusion/Dismantling White Supremacy – https://uua.org/justice/dismantle-white-supremacy
        2. Allies for Racial Equity (ARE) – http://uuare.org/
        3. Wild Idaho Rising Tide
      3. Useful readings, including:
        1. Waking up white –  Debby Irving
        2. Biased: Uncovering the hidden prejudice that shapes what we see, think, do – Jennifer Eberhardt
        3. White fragility – Robin DiAngelo
        4. “Reading While White” blog
        5. Why I am no longer talking to white people about race – Renni Eddo-Lodge
        6. How to be less stupid about race – Crystal Fleming
        7. An indigenous people’s history of the United States – Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
    3. Things the RJM might consider include:
      1. Acknowledging the Native American land we use as a routine part of RJM meetings and event, similar to the beginning of Sunday services.
      2. Developing a BUUF policy on destructive behavior, if we don’t already have one.
      3. An “elevator speech” for the RJM that briefly describes what we do and, ideally, interests other people in learning more.
      4. Whether the name ”Racial Justice Ministry” best represents our end goal.
  3. Summary – plans
    1. Talk with Rev. Sara about (1) presenting a sermon on racial justice early in the fall and (2) a BUUF policy on destructive behavior.
    2. Talk with someone with the BUUF Adult Education program about how the RJM fit into their calendar for the coming year.
    3. Look for TEDTalks that could be starting points for group discussions about racial justice. TEDTalks were considered because they’re shorter than commercial movies.
    4. Further discussion about (1) an “elevator speech” for the RJM and (2) whether the name ”Racial Justice Ministry” best represents our end goal.