Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

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Follow up to stories in worship 1/10/16

Author Sarah Ahrens, Written Jan 27, 2016

Worship service on 1/10/16 was a multi-generational worship service that included multiple stories.  Rev. Jennifer told an adapted version of Grandpa, Is Everything Black Bad? by Sandy Lynne Holman, illustrated by Lela Kometiani.
I told a modified version of the story Sit-In How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinknet, illustrated by Brian Pinkney.

While those were the two main stories that “made the cut” for the worship service that explored what it means to be a people of resistance and how people have resisted the individual and institutional racism of the past and present, there were a number of other books that Rev. Jennifer and I found informative and inspirational in our preparations.
They are as follows:

Talking About Racism
by Jen Green
Skin Again by bell hooks
Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester
Talking About Racism by Nicola Edwards
Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs

These are some great books to start a family conversation on the issues of race, identify, racism, prejudice, and oppression.  Racism can be understood as a form of bullying- while remembering it is not limited to individual acts; it is also a systemic and institutional issue.  Some of these books also explore how race, ethnicity, and identities we are given/we choose are stories themselves, are a part of our own story, and are not the sum total of our life story- they are one story of many stories that make up who we are as individuals and communities.

Additional resources are available from the Unitarian Universalist Association website and the Standing on the Side of Love website on how individuals and congregations can take the next step in their support of racial justice.