Speakers Series

Speaker Series Presenters

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Associate Professor, Starr King School for the Ministry

Co-President, UUA Commission on Institutional Change

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Consulting Minister, Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM)

Community Minister, Church of the Larger Fellowship

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Vegas

Former Associate Director of Pastoral Care, Harlem Hospital

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Music Director, Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica

Teaching Artist, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Grammy-nominated choral composer

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Congregational Life Staff, Pacific West Region of the UUA

Co-Creator, The Bayat Beat podcast

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Director of Spiritual Formation, Blue Hills Spiritual Life

Minister at Large, Tuckerman Creative Ministries for Justice and Healing

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Lead Minister, First Unitarian Church of Oakland

Author, Spilling the Light: Meditations on Hope and Resilience

History and Context

After a summer of civil unrest, and in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Elijah McClain, the BIPoC Leadership of the Colorado UUs United for Racial Justice developed this Speaker Series in order to address the calls for safe space of the UU BIPoC community in the Colorado Front Range.  When we first conceived this space we never imagined the response we received from across the US, Canada and the UK. These lectures were delivered live via videoconferencing from October through December of 2020. 

The intent behind this series was to provide a platform for prominent Unitarian Universalist religious professionals of color to speak specifically to other UUs of color about their experiences, and their dreams for a more diverse, inclusive Unitarian Universalism. Although white allies accomplices were permitted to attend and bear witness to the stories of BIPoC in our congregations, only attendees who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color, mixed race/multi-racial of white immediate family of the same who were present with their BIPoC family member were permitted to speak, ask questions and actively participate in the conversation. White attendees had their ability to chat and to unmute their camera and microphone disabled to ensure the conversation remained centered on BIPoC voices. 

These lectures were prefaced by music featuring UUs of color, a Chalice Lighting and a check-in time for BIPoC attendees to introduce themselves and talk about their lives. After each lecture, a question and answer session was provided, which included time to ask questions and respond to the message with the white allies bearing witness, followed by further discussion time which was closed to white allies entirely, to ensure that sensitive topics could be addressed in confidence.

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Sponsoring Congregations

Boulder Valley UU Fellowship
Columbine UU Church
First Unitarian Society of Denver
First Universalist Church of Denver
High Plains UU Church
Jefferson Unitarian Church
Prairie UU Church
UU Church of Boulder