JUUstice Washington Racial Justice Summit
October 15 and 16, 2022!!
“Our goal is to create a beloved community
and this will require a qualitative change
in our souls as well as a
quantitative change in our lives.”
~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
October 15th (Zoom):
9:30 am Panel Dialogue with opening words by Rev. Paul Beckel of the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship
12:30 pm Path Finding workgroups
October 16th (Zoom and in-person):
10:20 am Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship service with Revs. Mel Hoover and Rose Edington and R. James Addington
With Revs. Mel Hoover and Rose Edington and
author of Tragic Investment R. James Addington
Register Here! or Scan here
Since there seems to be some difficulty with starting at the beginning of the “Continuum on being an Anti-racist, Multicultural Institution” for the 2022 Racial Justice Summit, let’s instead start at the final ‘stage’ “of a fully inclusive institution,” the place we would like to see ourselves and then work our way backwards from there. This stage calls for “a transformed institution in a transformed society.”
What does that look like to us?
What does that look like to those communities who have difficulty envisioning it and seeing its possibility?
How do we create and hold a “future vision of an institution and wider community that has overcome systemic racism” and oppression?
Yes. We’ve had some major setbacks.
The previous federal administration showed us that the power tides can change quickly and that in the political arena, decades of efforts can be undone at the stroke of a pen.
The COVID pandemic siphoned off our awareness of the struggles in our communities, and if not our awareness, accentuated our inability to stay rallied and activated.
And, while we stood stunned in our disbelief and immobilized by a virus, the forces that would have us return to a state of several centuries ago, surged forward at an alarming pace.
How do we take back that lost ground and heal it so we can move forward?
How do we continue the push to change the shape of our law enforcement and judicial systems?
How do we challenge environmental degradation on adversely impacted communities and the rest of the planet and all its denizens?
How do we take back our democracy and make it real for all communities and peoples?
How do we restore to women their rights over their own bodies?
How do we end the violence here at home and abroad?
How do we become the change agent, inside and outside our congregations, that will get us back on track, pick up momentum and get us to the future of an anti-racist, anti-oppressive and multicultural world?
Let’s talk and conspire on what we can do to get us where we want to be.
Revs. Mel Hoover and Rose Edington and author R. James Addington are pictured below. You can read more in-depth bios here as well as other materials like the Continuum, the Rubric, the Johari Window and the Widening of the Circle pdf.