“Bright Morning Stars Are Rising” is performed by Whatcom County Soloists and Virtual Choir, and was released just days after more than five thousand people gathered peacefully on Saturday, June 6 in Bellingham’s Maritime Heritage Park to call for social justice and reform. The video, coordinated and directed by Kevin Allen-Schmid, showcases locally revered singers Ibidunni Ojikutu, JP Falcon Grady, Andy Marshall, and Thunderbirds Raised Her, together with a sixty-voice virtual choir. Kevin Allen-Schmid is the director of the Choir of the Salish Sea and the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship choirs.
June 4, 2020: A Note for UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray
As the pain and grief of centuries of violence without justice find their expression, let us remember the Rev. Dr. King’s words: “America must see that riots do not develop out of thin air. Certain conditions continue to exist in our society which must be condemned as vigorously as we condemn riots. But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear?”
This week, we heard about Amy Cooper. And then George Floyd. And then Tony McDade…
All of this just weeks after we heard about the murders of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. Weeks after a series of armed white militias confronted local police at state capitols across the country without consequence, without arrest–and without death.
We also continue to reckon with hearing that over 103,000 human lives have been lost from the coronavirus pandemic–a virus which has had a disproportionate impact on the Black community.
Do we hear that “Enough is Enough?” Do we hear the cries of resistance in this moment stating that each of us is worthy, and all of us have dignity?
It is critical that we respond to this hearing with action. We must do more than say the names of those whose lives have been taken by racialized violence. We must do more than name the systems of white supremacy and capitalism that wage violence against our black siblings.
As people of faith, we must bear witness to this moment. That means that we must name hard truths, but that we also must act.
Here are three concrete things all Unitarian Universalists and people of faith and conscience can do right now in response to this moment:
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