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Racial Justice

We are a Racial Justice Congregation

We are a congregation committed to racial equity and justice, within ourselves, our church, and the wider community.

First UU Organizations

Black Lives Matter Work Group (BLMWG)

The First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio values the inherent worth and dignity of all people. Recently, a movement has begun that asks our society to take a harder look at the continued violence and institutionalized racism against minorities, especially Black Americans.  Our congregation stands in solidarity with that movement.

Black Lives Matter is a movement and a stance in response to this reality: the United States was built on a legacy of slavery, racism, and oppression that continues to take new, ever-changing forms. To say that “Black Lives Matter” does not mean that Black lives are more important than other lives, or that all lives do not matter. Instead, the systemic devaluing of Black lives calls us to bear witness, even as we acknowledge that oppression takes many intersecting forms.

The Black Lives Matter Work Group works within the church and with community partners to educate and organize on behalf of BLM.  For more information about the Black Lives Matter Work Group, contact blmwg@uusat.org

San Anto Gente Engaged with Unitarian Universalism (SAGE-UU)

San Anto Gente Engaged with Unitarian Universalism is our local Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) group. It was inspired and formed as First UU hosted the Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries, or DRUUMM’s, Family Reunion in the Fall of 2018. This call was answered by the BIPOC members of our congregation, as well as white allies. 

The mission of SAGE-UU is threefold: to provide fellowship to BIPOC friends and members of First UU, to promote leadership locally and nationally from within our BIPOC communities, and to develop and lead culturally relevant worship. Since the formation, we have had our members join the First UU Board of Trustees, as well as our Worship Committee. We have successfully lobbied as a group to rename our buildings to remove the honoring of slavers, and to bring more BIPOC perspectives to the pulpit. We have also developed worship services by us, for us, and to the betterment of our entire congregation.

For more information about SAGE-UU, visit their Facebook page.

Community Partners

Black Lives & Allies in Community (BLAC)

BLAC’s goal is to establish a community for Black people and allies to come together. They host virtual and in-person events, exchange ideas, express themselves, and form a united response to injustice.  For more information about BLAC, visit their Facebook page.

Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM)

DRUUMM is a Unitarian Universalist People of Color Ministry and anti-racist collective bringing lay and religious professionals together to overcome racism through resistance, and transform Unitarian Universalism through our multicultural experiences. For more information about DRUUMM, visit their website.

Fix SAPD

Fix SAPD supports community-led policing, which can only happen by clearing out legislation that prevents holding police officers accountable. They envision future policing which includes compassionate policing for officers and citizens, implementation of Best Practices, responsible budgeting, and civic accountability.  For more information about Fix SAPD, visit their website.