Celebrating the Church’s Recommitment to the Black Lives Matter Movement

Celebrating the Church’s Recommitment to the Black Lives Matter Movement

Lauren Neal and Meredith Norman, ADORE (A Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity) Team

On April 8th, the University Gathering was fortunate to have Dr. Damon Silas, Clinical Psychologist from Davidson, NC as a guest speaker. He was relatable and provided rich context for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Those attending the service were also asked to briefly respond to the following question on a piece of paper: “What actions do you take to recommit to the social justice causes important to you?” The responses were used to create the word cloud pictured above.  At the end of the service, the congregation and visitors sang “This Little Light of Mine” to the banner site. A record number of congregants and visitors participated in the Recommitment Ceremony where Christine Robinson read a selected reading from the UUA regarding BLM. The potluck that followed was a great success with over forty people in attendance. Dr. Silas received congregants during and after the potluck to answer questions and connect with those who expressed appreciation or were interested in talking. The ADORE Team is grateful to all who joined us in celebrating the church’s recommitment to the BLM movement, and we look forward to similar events in the future.