Austin Unitarian Universalist White Allies for Racial Equity
Our local UU churches are working to identify ways we can all fight against racism and become more inter-culturally engaged, and First UU has just lead an amazing group of people of color who will support one another here at the church and as Unitarian Universalists. We offer this space to white allies as we hold ourselves accountable to our brothers and sisters of color in our congregation.
Inspired by the UU Allies for Racial Equity, we are building a group for white allies to meet and work together to “serve as partners in the journey of transforming our faith movement and the world.”
White Allies for Racial Equity Purpose Statement
The Austin Area UU White Allies for Racial Equity is a group of self-identified white Austin area UUs and friends. Through training and self-examination, we educate ourselves about whiteness and its impact on our own behavior and larger institutions. With this knowledge and self-understanding, we will be better allies as we partner with:
- Our own Austin Area UU People of Color group
- Undoing White Supremacy Austin
- Austin Chapter of Black Lives Matter
- Austin Justice Coalition
Covenant for WARE
In this space, we will
- Use I statements instead of generalizations.
- Respect time restrictions and constraints.
- Step up, step back.
- You have the right to pass.
- Keep discussions inclusive.
- What is said here, stays here.
We will challenge each other when white privilege or racist ideas are expressed, and that’s OK.
For a list of upcoming rallies and events click here – Get Involved!
Our meetings Alternate between a Sunday after church service and the First Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.. Unless otherwise announced, Meetings are at First UU Church of Austin, 4700 Grover Ave., Austin, TX unless otherwise posted. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the meetings or Austin UU White Allies in general.
First Austin UU has formed “Inside Amigos” to fight the often racially based detention and mistreatment of immigrants, particularly the women and small children being held in area detention facilities. The sermon below from Chris Jimmerson describes their plight. Please consider getting involved. It’s another chance to serve as allies with some folks who very much need it.
Systemic Racism – The War on Drugs:
Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity: Click Here
“Othering”: Where Are You From?
What kind of Asian are you? (Great illustration of the “Where are you from” micro aggression”)
If Microaggressions were Reversed:
Great article on how racism can operate, sometimes without our even recognizing it: click here
The following link is to a great list of resources to can use to broach conversations in the classroom about the horrendous massacre that happened in Charleston, SC. Click here
Beyond Diversity, Sermon by our own Rev Marisol Caballero at First UU Church of San Diego:
Racism is Real
Video with tips on how to be an effective ally:
Compassion calls us to action:
A sound recording from a panel on multiracial/multiethnic congregations: click here
Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM) is a national Unitarian Universalist, anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural organization of people color, including: Lay Leaders, Ministers, Seminarians, Religious Educators, and UUA Staff. click here
Allies for Racial Equity exists as a response to a request by DRUUMM for a group of white anti-racist allies to serve as partners in the journey of transforming our faith movement and the world. click here
A good article on what it meant to be an ally at the 50th anniversary march in Selma: click here
Link where you can learn about implicit bias and even take implicit associations tests: click here
Powerful Site Where People Tell the Stories of Microaggressions They have Experienced (Learn about Microaggressions by reading the file below: Click Here
Files (Just Click on any of the Textual Descriptions Below):
Anti-Racism 101 Handouts: