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In October 2016, UUCA launched our Pledge to End Racism. Senior Minister Rev. Aaron McEmrys gave a sermon (Take a Knee) that introduced and challenged everyone to“Live the Pledge.”
The origin of the pledge comes from Birmingham, Alabama, where a young attorney by the name of Jim Rotch had a moment of inspiration. More than thirty years after Birmingham became ground zero in the Civil Rights struggle, the city still suffered deeply from racism. Rotch decided to create a pledge for the people of Birmingham to eliminate racism and prejudice in the community.
The Birmingham Pledge is a statement of principles that commit those who sign it to work every day to eliminate racism. By 2008, when the pledge celebrated its 10th anniversary, there were more than 120,000 signatures. Its influence has been felt in all fifty states, and more than 20 countries – churches and other communities all over the country have adopted similar pledges. First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond, Va., developed the Living the Pledge Program based on the Birmingham Pledge and have made it available to UU congregations around the country. Visit www.richmondpledge.org for information about their program.
To better enable us all to “Live the Pledge” in our everyday lives, UUCA has special trainings and activities scheduled throughout the year. No matter where you are in your journey to end racism, we have several programs to get you started
Live The Pledge (LTP) Reflection Circles
All Reflection Circles are free of charge and open to the public. Sign up for the January sessions here.
UUCA will host the “Living the Pledge to End Racism Workshop” again in the New Year. If you are interested in becoming a facilitator or simply wish to volunteer as our efforts get underway, please email Jessi Huffman.
To join our #LiveThePledge email list and receive future announcements and events, you can sign up here.