This past week, since Good Friday and Easter, I have been thinking about what some of the Black ministers said to me after the Good Friday Service at Clinton Chapel AME Zion. “Thank you for your message– not enough churches are speaking out against the rising violence against Black and Brown people.” These Black ministers were not just talking about any church– they were talking about predominantly White churches. In Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Letters from a Birmingham Jail, King wrote this haunting passage:
First, I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can’t agree with your methods of direct action;” who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom…Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.”
UUFSC has really shown up in some powerful way this past year– and we need to continue to show up. A small but powerful statement UUFSC could make would be to display these lawn signs from the national group Showing Up for Racial Justice:
I would love to hear from you how you feel and what you think about displaying these signs. Please feel free to email or set-up a time to chat with me. I know it may feel a little risky but if we are to live out our UU tradition of radical and transformative love, I think this is an important step for us to take. And no matter what risk we take, we must remember it is far less than the risks our Black and Brown brothers and sisters are taking every day.
This Sunday: Matthew Mason and guest preacher, UU seminarian K.C. Slack will lead worship– Giving Birth At The End Of The World In hard times, where do we find hope? Can we move beyond fear and into creation as one world becomes the next? Join us in an exploration of these questions and the beauty beyond the end of the world.
K.C. Slack’s Bio: KC is a writer, artist, activist, final semester MDiv student at Starr King School for the Ministry, and a Candidate for fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association. Originally from Cleveland, she currently lives in Berkeley where she can be found reading constantly, doing full faces of makeup in order to stay inside her house, dancing, and hanging out with her cats.