Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

Open minds, loving hearts, helping hands


Worship: Privileged to Serve

Author Avianca Bouchedid, Written Sep 15, 2015


The Social Action Committee and our Racial Justice Committee will be presenting Dr. Stephanie Jacobs, this Sunday, October 11th, at 10:00 a.m.

Dr. Jacobs is a relationship coach and consultant with more than 15 years experience as an educator and she will be providing our congregants with a service on race issues that reflect our congregation’s and our Unitarian Universalist values and principles and help us to understand a way forward in the struggles to come. After the service, at approximately 11:30 a.m., Dr. Jacobs will be facilitating a 90-minute class on racism awareness issues.

Dr. Jacobs has advised for pre-work that we read Toni Morrison’s latest book “God Help the Child” which will give us some insight into black culture, relationships and conflict that is the direct result of racism in our country.  READING THE BOOK BEFOREHAND IS NOT A REQUIREMENT FOR ATTENDANCE!  A synopsis of the book is as follows:

Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child—the first novel by Toni Morrison to be set in our current moment—weaves a tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape, and misshape, the life of the adult.

At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love. There is Booker, the man Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally, Bride’s mother herself, Sweetness, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that “what you do to children matters. And they might never forget.”

We hope that you will attend and participate in the class after the service. Racial Justice work is part of the Unitarian Universalist Association, the UU Legislative Ministry of NJ, and our own congregation’s efforts to rise above the bigotry and injustice that we witness towards people of color in the United States. We all wish to put an end to the systemic harms that are done in our society and awareness and action are needed in these efforts.