UU Racial Justice Resources

UU Racial Justice Resources

Unitarian Universalists throughout the United States are working to educate themselves on issues of racial justice and multiculturalism.  Here are some of the resources available through the Unitarian Universalist Association, districts and UU organizations:

Building the World We Dream About is a Unitarian Universalist program that seeks to interrupt the workings of racism and transform how people from different racial/ethnic groups understand and relate to one another.

UUA Anti-Oppression Evaluation Tool for Employees of the UUA.

Anti-Racism / Anti-Oppression Reflection Tool for process evaluation of meetings used by the UUA.

The Reverend David Pettee - a UU Minister explores his early family history with the slave trade.

Reconciliation as a Spiritual Practice - an article that proposes that "when we engage in reconciliation, we invite change that will transform a relationship."

Working for Safety and to End Oppression - an article that ties ending oppressive practices with overall congregational safety.

UUA Top Picks for Multiculturalism - what the UUA recommends for your multicultural journey.

UUA Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression, Multicultural (ARAOMC) Resources

UUA Religious Education Resources About Racism and Classism

Florida District Racial Justice Council

Metropolitan New York District Focus on Diversity

Mountain Desert District Building the Beloved Community

Prairie Star District GRACE Team (Growing Racial and Cultural Equity)

UU Allies for Racial Justice (ARE)

Diverse & Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM)


Unless otherwise noted all books listed below are available through the UUA Bookstore and other book sellers.

*Soul Work: anti-racist theologies in dialogue.  Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley, Nancy Palmer-Jones.  ©2003
Papers and discussion transcripts from the UUA Consultation on Theology and Racism held in Boston in 2001. Addresses such questions as: What theological or philosophical beliefs bind us together in our shared struggle against racism? What are the costs of racism, for both oppressors and oppressed?

The Long Challenge: The Empowerment Controversy (1967-1977).  Victor Carpenter.  ©2004
A look back at the conflict between African American and white UUs that exposed deep tensions which remain with us today. In this personal and provocative book, Carpenter (a UU minister since 1958) raises challenges that go to the heart of liberal religion.

The Charge of the Chalice: The Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church Growth & Diversity Story.  John Thomas Crestwell, Jr.  ©2007
The story of a small church that went from 8 percent diversity to nearly 40 percent in six years, and from one white minister to black and white co-ministers and then back to a single ministry model with the congregation's first African American solo minister.  Available for purchase from Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church.

*Call to Selma: Eighteen Days of Witness.  Richard D. Leonard.  ©2002
In 1965 Rev. Martin Luther King appealed to clergy across the nation to come to Selma, Alabama, and join protestors in their struggle for voting rights. More than 200 Unitarian Universalists responded, including about one-fifth of all UU ministers.  Reverend Richard Leonard answered Dr. King's call and his journal, along with the recollections of others who shared the journey, presents Selma as a pivotal point in the advancement of civil rights, and a defining moment for Unitarian Universalism.

*Been in the Storm So Long.  Mark D. Morrison-Reed, edited by Jacqui James.  ©1991
This stirring volume features more than 40 selections from the spirited voices of 29 African-Americans. Contributors include David H. Eaton, Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley, Rosemary Bray McNatt, Thandeka, Egbert Etherlred Brown and more.

*Black Pioneers in a White Denomination.  Mark D. Morrison-Reed.  ©1980
Portraits of racism in liberal religion tell the stories of two pioneering black ministers; including accounts of some of today's more integrated UU congregations and biographical notes on past and present black Unitarian, Universalist and UU ministers.

*In Between: Memoirs of an Integration Baby.  Mark D. Morrison-Reed.  ©2008
This is a frank personal account of growing up black during the era of the civil rights movement. The author wrestles with racism, the death of Martin Luther King Jr, black radicalism, his interracial family, and his experience as one of the first black Unitarian Universalist ministers.

*The Arc of the Universe Is Long: Unitarian Universalists, Anti-Racism, and the Journey from Calgary.  Leslie Takahashi-Morris, James (Chip) Roush, Leon Spencer.  ©2009
This recent history of the UUA journey toward becoming an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural movement covers the fourteen years that begin with the passage of the racial and cultural diversity 1992 resolution at Calgary, Canada, and continues to General Assembly 2006. Using interviews and written records, the authors bring to life the voices and stories that represent many perspectives, all addressing issues of race and ethnicity in our congregations and our association.

Unitarian Universalism and the Quest for Racial Justice.  ©1994
Collected documents on the denomination's pursuit of racial diversity.
Print list of books (page 1 UU books; pages 2-4 General Interest).

*published by Skinner House Books