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In our commitment to dismantling white supremacy as a system, and embracing the presence and leadership of people of color, white Unitarian Universalists are still learning to decenter our whiteness so that people of color are brought from the margins to the center. Join us in a special service designed by people of color to help us white folks explore more deeply what it means to practice anti-racism and live into the promise of a new way of being together.

Formed in the summer of 2015, Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) grew out of the broader Movement for Black Lives. In many ways, the origins of BLUU dates back to the 1970s when many Black UUs left our faith in the wake of unfilled promises made by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) during what became known at the time as the "black empowerment controversy." BLUU is an independent organization, fiscally sponsored by the UUA, led by an executive director, a community minister, and a volunteer Organizing Collective, which provides ministry for, and by, Black Unitarian Universalists, while also working to expand the role and visibility of Black UUs within our faith. The UUA has asked each congregation to donate at least $10 per member to Black Lives of UU in fulfillment of the UUA's promise to Black Lives of UU. A special offering will be taken.

Lee Anne Washington has been an attorney, author, and educator for 30 years. She is a graduate of the College of William & Mary, the University of Virginia Law School, and Union Presbyterian Seminary. She was raised in the United Methodist Church, lived 10 years as a Modern Orthodox Jewish woman, and is a member of UUFR. Lee Anne is on the path to ordination as a UU minister -- having just completed her two-year internship at First Unitarian Universalist in Richmond, VA. She will appear before the Ministerial Fellowship Committee in September. She is the author of “The Human Life Equation, A biblical case for choice”. Lee Anne is a native of the Northern Neck and lives in White Stone with her lovely daughter, Lucy.

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