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UUCW blessed and hung a Black Lives Matter banner on our building in April 2016 as a tangible symbol of our congregation’s support of the Black Lives Matter movement, which was voted upon at the January 2016 congregational meeting.
Our Black Lives Matter banner was hung in accordance with the “temporary banner permitting process” of the City of Brookfield, which states that any organization may post a temporary banner no more than four times a year, for 30 days at a time. After we reached the time limit for the banner, we posted new, smaller Black Lives Matter sign in keeping with City of Brookfield rules for temporary political signs.
Black Lives Matter is a national movement working to address systemic racism, including the many ways in which black people are deprived of basic human rights and left powerless at the hands of the state. Milwaukee is cited in many media surveys as one of the worst places in the country for African Americans to reside due in part to the high student achievement gap between black and white students, the state’s notoriety as having the highest rate of black male incarceration, the fact that four-out-of-five black children in Milwaukee live in poverty, and a very high degree of black/white social segregation. The Black Lives Matter movement is working to address both civil rights and human rights issues.
UUCW joins many UU congregations in supporting Black Lives Matter. At the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) General Assembly in 2015, the delegates from congregations nationwide voted to adopt an Action of Immediate Witness in support of BLM which encourages congregations to learn about racism and related oppressions, organize to create change, and “take initiative in collaboration with local and national organizations fighting for racial justice against the harsh racist practices to which many black people are exposed.”
Imagine the Unitarian Universalist Church West of the future: a congregation with a building as open and flexible as our theology, as welcome and warm as our spirit, a building with mechanical systems that are healthy and efficient, office and meeting spaces that help our ministries hum along, and a floor plan accessible to everyone! We're describing UUCW’s Build 2020.
For the past two years, UUCW has engaged in a Holistic Study process to discern what needs to happen to transform our building into one that more fully supports our ministry and mission. We worked with Workshop Architects on that process, which resulted in a preliminary architectural plan. Click here to view the Holistic Study presentation.Read more...
Each month, UUCW gives half of all undesignated offering monies to non-profit organizations as a way to help us live our Unitarian Universalist values and serve our community.
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, support families, and strengthen communities.Read more...
Click on the image to read the July edition of our monthly newsletter, the West Wind.