Next Quarterly Meeting

Black Lives Matter

Update from the The Black Lives Matter Certified Working Group

Upcoming Event: Steps Toward Decentering Whiteness
October 5, 2019 - 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Co-led by Meck Groot, New England Region UUA; Patty Shepard, WinchesterUnitarian Society; and Susan Shepherd, First Parish Cambridge

Hosted by the Winchester Unitarian Society, 478 Main Street, Winchester, MA

Please read the Commission’s Report prior to coming. Access at

Admission is free though registration is required.
Registration closes 09-27 or at capacity.

For more information, see FLYER

To contact us directly or to join the Certified Working Group, please email:  Patty Shepard,

About Us

To share experiences and provide support for our congregations’ deeper engagement in supporting Black Lives

 Some of us met each other for the first time at the January 2016 UU Urban Ministry Summit on Black Lives Matter, and others have joined this email group more recently. We have felt many benefits from sharing our experiences developing racial justice work at our various congregations. The purpose of this CWG is to continue to network among ourselves-as well as to share experiences going forward as we reach out to more potential allies in our local communities.

We have been meeting quarterly for a couple years now in various UU congregations around the state. Our google group currently has 89 members and we are collectively doing our best to continue doing racial justice work within ourselves and our congregations and to monitor and support the following organizations:

  • Allies for Racial Equity

  • Arlington Town Diversity Task Force

  • BLM Boston

  • BLM Cambridge

  • Black Lives of UU

  • Community Change, Inc. – suburban group forming

  • Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries

  • GBIO (Greater Boston, Inter-Faith Organization)


  • Inter-Faith Worker Justice

  • Louis D. Brown Peace Institute

  • Poor People’s Campaign MA

  • Mothers for Justice and Equality

  • NAACP Boston

  • NAACP Mystic Valley Area

  • SURJ Boston

  • UUUM (UU Urban Ministry)

  • AROS – Anti-Racism Organizing in the Suburbs

Feel free to make use of our online resources below or contact us at any time.

To contact us or to join this Certified Working Group, please email:  Patty Shepard,

Suggested Reading List

See the collaboratively compliled list of articles, books, movies and audio resources, CLICK HERE


Dr. Darnisa Amante and Rev. Eric Jackson of DEEP (Disruptive

Equity Education Project)

White People Challenging Racism Racial Justice Rising is a small, all-volunteer racial justice organization based in Franklin County, Massachusetts.  The members of Racial Justice Rising are ordinary people who are troubled by the persistent racism that plagues this country. Believing that the damage caused by racism must be repaired before our society can be whole, we work for just and respectful treatment for all.  While much of our work is focused in our local area, we reach out to and are connected with the broader movements in our region and the nation.

Overcoming White Supremacy with Love and Action
October 17, 2017 – 4:58pm
In order to transcend white supremacy, we must become centered in ourselves, our values, and our hard, shared work ahead. This requires cultural humility and transformative love in action.   &

The Uhuru Solidarity Movement is an organization of white people created by and accountable to African People’s Socialist Party, which has led the Uhuru Movement for African Liberation since 1972. We are the only organization of white people on the planet who work under the leadership of Black Power as a strategic component of the struggle of African people to overturn colonialism and have power over their own lives, land, resources, and destinies. UHURU means freedom!  “Since 1968, Community Change Inc. has served as a community for white people and their multiracial allies to come together to learn about systemic racism and to fight against it. To dismantle the oppressive ties of whiteness that threatens both white and non-white humanity. Our programming has always had a learning component because learning is central to our core work.” “White People Challenging Racism: Moving from Talk to Action: A 5-week grassroots course that brings people together to examine white privilege and racism in order to galvanize them to anti-racism action.

Course description: People of all heritages/identities are welcome to join us as we focus on the role of white people in dismantling racism and building a just society. We’ll examine the impact of white privilege and how unawareness of that advantage helps perpetuate racism. We’ll discuss short readings and share everyday situations in which we did not speak up effectively against racial bias. Using role-playing, we’ll work out effective ways to respond. Participants will develop specific plans for challenging racism, in your workplace, organizations, community, and personal circles. You will be encouraged to find other people in your life who can provide support and serve as allies in your efforts.

Visit the WPCR website for more information and to register for WPCR classes.

An impressive list of resources generously prepared by Black Lives of UU members for the White Supremacy Teach In’s that took place in over 500 UU congregations in the spring of 2017.

Back Live UU Teach in

Black Lives Matter – what other UU churches have done – summary, prepared by 3 members of the Brookline UU congregation: Black Lives Matter – What Other UU Churches Have Done

Planning calendar for congregational engagement with black lives matter, prepared by 3 members of the Brookline UU congregation: Planning Calendar for Congregational Engagement – Black Lives Matter

Allies for Racial Equity

Multicultural Race Task Force (also in the Berkshires) –

Police Reform Toolkit –

An in depth workshop series:  “Witnessing Whiteness,” by Shelly Tochluk,

SURJ – Showing up for Racial Justice – recommended as a excellent organization for white people to advocate for racial justice. –

Beloved Conversations:

Marshall Ganz’s “Public Narrative Training”

“Crossroads Workshops” – learn how systemic racism creates barriers to multiculturalism.

People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond – anti-racism group trainings

Ken Wagner, who is on the Executive Board of Allies For Racial Equity, leads 8 week seminars in MA UU congregations Contact Ken at

Visions Inc., founded by Dr. Valerie Batts –  offers exceptional work around understanding, recognizing and appreciating difference, and training, peer supervision, and consultation to individuals and organizations working to understand oppression and to dismantle racism and modern ism’s of all kinds. –

“Continuum on Becoming an anti-Racist Multi-Cultural Institution,”  continuumanti-racist-from-web