Racial Justice Ministry
The mission of the Racial Justice Ministry is to
raise awareness and understanding of and engagement with racial identity and racism, including our individual and collective opportunities to achieve racial justice.
The Racial Justice Ministry is also guided by the UU 8th Principle, adopted by the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship during 2019, which states that we covenant to:
affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.
We believe it is more important than ever to have resources for educating ourselves about racism and actions we can take, both individually and collectively, to dismantle the many oppressions that Black, Indigenous and People of Color face. The purpose of the Racial Justice Ministry (RJM) website is to provide these resources. We invite you to be a regular visitor to the website. If we can make this website more useful to you in some way, please let us know. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Race in Focus – January 2022
The topic for this month’s “Race in Focus” is the Critical Race Theory, an idea that has become a prominent part of the “culture wars” at the center of many political discussions. One result is that the meaning of CRT has become blurred. The goal of this program is to clarify:
- What is CRT and where did it come from?
- How did CRT become so controversial and enmeshed in conversations about public education?
Date and time: Monday, January 24, 7:00 to 8:30 PM MST
Topic: Critical Race Theory (CRT)
Handout link: Click HERE for a handout that includes links to 3 short videos and several questions to consider as you watch the videos.
Virtual meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82564603885?pwd=eFFxSVFwd2kyZzhpd3Q2bUJYcktsUT09
Beloved Community is a guiding principle for BUUF, most clearly expressed in the 8th Principle, adopted in 2019, which calls us to “build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community.” Beloved Community was also both a global vision and a practical goal for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As a way to honor Dr. King’s legacy and add to our understanding of Beloved Community, we offer a brief summary of Dr. King’s views, available by clicking on this BELOVED COMMUNITY link.
What can you do?
As a person concerned about racial justice, you may be asking what you can do. Click here IMPORTANT ACTIONS WE CAN TAKE NOW for a short list of things you can do, beginning now, to work toward racial justice.
Racial Justice Vocabulary
Click here VOCABULARY for a list of terms that are frequently used in discussions and materials related to racial justice.
Learn more about …
This list is a “table of contents” for information that can be found on other website pages. It is periodically updated with new topics, information, and resources. We invite you to visit frequently and explore the available information.
- BLACK AMERICANS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT. Click HERE for this page.
- CRITICAL RACE THEORY. Click HERE for this page.
- DEFUNDING THE POLICE. Click HERE for this page.
- INDIGENOUS PEOPLE. Click HERE for this page.
- INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF IDAHO. Click for HERE this page.
- INDIGENOUS PEOPLE WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT. Click HERE for this page.
- INTERSECTIONALITY. Click HERE for this page.
- MOVIES AND BOOKS ABOUT RACE AND RACISM. Click HERE for this page.
- ORGANIZATIONS WORKING FOR RACIAL JUSTICE IN THE US. Click HERE for this page.
- PEOPLE OF COLOR AND MILITARY SERVICE. Click HERE for this page.
- REPARATIONS. Click HERE for this page.
- SHORT LIST OF PRINT AND VIDEO RESOURCES. Click HERE for this list.
- SYSTEMIC RACISM: DEFINITION AND HISTORY. Click HERE this page.
- SYSTEMIC RACISM: EFFECTS. Click HERE for this page.
Racial Justice Ministry Programs
The Racial Justice Ministry offers a variety of programs intended to help anyone learn more about racism and become more engaged with racial justice activities. These programs are briefly described below.
Racial Justice Education
During the fall of 2019 and winter of 2020, the RJM held monthly in-person programs using videos and group discussions to increase awareness and understanding of topics related to race and racism. The programs were discontinued during March of 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic but will resume during the fall of 2020 using Zoom. Handout materials from each of the past programs can be found at Monthly program materials. RJ Education also posts links to short suggested videos with suggested questions or activities. Posted videos can be found at Suggested videos of the month
Wake Up Coffee Circle
Every Wednesday, 9:00-10:30 AM Wednesdays via Zoom. These unstructured conversations are open to all interested individuals and offer opportunities to talk about recent events or whatever else might be on our minds, related to racial justice, and to support one another. Drop in any time, stay as long as you want. Information about the Coffee Circle, including the Zoom link can be found in each week’s BUUF “Weekly Gazette.”
Racial Justice Community Google Group
The Racial Justice Community is a group of BUUF and community members who share information, announcements, resources and support as we work toward racial justice. To join the group simply send your name and email address to email@example.com and ask to join.