We have provided opportunities for educating ourselves and the community on racial issues through educational and advocacy events at the Fellowship and in our community. Our goal has been to foster awareness of institutional racism within ourselves and find ways for those of us with white privilege to use it to promote healing and equality.
For on-going community activities:
Reading to End Racism – – an in- school program, uses volunteers to read to classes and lead activities. Training is provided.
“Dreamer” tutors — an after school program for low income students in Boulder Valley and St. Vrain schools. Training is provided
Listen to a podcast – “Seeing White” from Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies – 13 episodes: history of racism, white privilege, conversations with authors and researchers.
Common Read with Other Front Range UU Congregations:
The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear, by the Rev. Dr. William Barber II
Reverend William Barber II first created an interracial movement in North Carolina and now has moved on to become a national leader in fusion politics–see this link for more. Many Front Range congregations came together at our Fellowship to share what we learned and to discuss how to put those ideas into action.
Special Sunday Service: led by Norma Johnson, Boulder performance poet, and Dexter Payne, flutist. A focus on healing and social justice in words and music.
PAST BOOK DISCUSSIONS
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
Raising Race-Conscious Children: Parents, teachers, UU educators, and anyone who interact with children on a regular basis found this workshop to be a valuable experience.
How to be an Ally: Vanessa Rogers, CU professor, led attendees from our congregation and community visitors in activities and discussions about our own experiences with race and supporting people of color.
Let’s Talk About Race: Hosted by our Racial Justice Communiteam at Lafayette Public Library. Community residents, other faith leaders and members of our congregation exchanged ideas in small and large groups.
PAST FILM SERIES and DISCUSSIONS:
UUA’s General Assembly: Ware lecture by Cornell West. After watching Dr. West we held breakout group discussions and enjoyed the usual theater fare – popcorn, soda pop, & movie-style boxed candy.
“The Color of Fear” and a discussion
“Shared History” and a discussion with the film’s creator
“I Am Not Your Negro” – group gathered to attend the showing at the Boulder Dairy Center
“13th” – Ava Duvernay’s award winning film. Followed by a discussion lead by Dr. Kwame Holmes, CU professor of Ethnic Studies