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March 2024

Black hands making a heart. text description: What the Heart Wants. March 10. 4 p.m. Eastern. Zoom. BLUU Worship.
March Worship: What the Heart Wants

While it’s so important to know when we need to say no, we don’t always spend as much time understanding how to find our yes. Join us in thoughtful reflection about desire and what the heart wants.

Black Sacred Space:

BLUU’s online worship services are Black Sacred Space in their entirety – by and for Black people, with the words and voices of Black folks across the diaspora – and we hope that Black UUs and Black UU-adjacent folks (who share our values) from far and wide will join us!

For our non-Black siblings in faith, please DO share this invitation with Black folks in your life and community. Getting the word out about BLUU’s gatherings and other programming is one powerful way of lending your support, and we deeply appreciate it!

For all of our services, feel free to come into our BLUU Zoom Room as early as 15 minutes before the start of the service to get settled, say hello to the folks who are already gathering, and listen to the music softly playing as we all prepare for our time together.

Sign up for worship here: https://bit.ly/3wYfnjb.

Register for Worship
Photo of a Black person wearing a tie smiling. March Worship Leader. Marchaé Grair. They/She.
About The Worship Leader:

Marchaé Grair (they/she) is a storyteller, spiritual director, teacher, and facilitator engaging hearts and minds at the intersections of spirituality and collective liberation. Marchaé is BLUU’s Communications Director and Interim Program Coordinator and teaches spiritual direction at Still Harbor, a training organization for spiritual caregivers. Find them at marchae.com.

Learn with BLUU

You & Your theology. A BLUU webinar and q&A  with Rev. Tyler coles. A picture of Tyler Coles, a Black person with a bald head smiling, wearing glasses.
Join BLUU community member, Rev. Tyler Coles, for a webinar and Q&A about theology. Rev. Coles will discuss what theology is and why it matters. He will also answer questions about UU theology and give participants an opportunity to talk about theology with each other.

(Please note: This is Black sacred space, a space created for and by Black people.)

Register for the Webinar

Need Spiritual Care for These Times?

BLUU Virtual Care Circle.  March 13. 12:30 P.m. Eastern. bring snack or nourishment. Join on Zoom.
The atrocities happening in Gaza, all around the world, and in our own backyards are hard to hold most days. Sometimes we waffle between wanting to put it all down to focus inward and feeling pulled to action to help heal the world in our own small way.

Let’s come together as a community over a meal for a time of reconnection and care in the midst of everything that’s hard. We can talk about all the things or have moments of silence. We can listen to music, read words of reassurance or affirmation, or pray. We don’t have to do anything in particular. But whatever it is, let’s do it together.

(Please note: This is Black sacred space, a space for and by Black people.)

Register for the Care Circle

Want to Attend the BLUU

Annual Meeting in March?

Become a BLUU Beloved Today!

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BLUU Beloveds are Black Unitarian Universalists and other Black spiritual people who want to deepen their connection with each other and their commitment to BLUU by becoming members of BLUU.

BLUU Annual meetings are for BLUU Beloveds to ask questions about BLUU’s work, connect with the Organizing Collective Board, and connect with other Beloveds. In order to attend the BLUU annual meeting next month, you must register as a BLUU Beloved beforehand.

Become a BLUU Beloved

Save the Date:

BLUU Beloved Annual Meeting

Black people of many ages sitting in a large circle in a worship space. Text says: BLUU Beloved Annual Meeting. March 10, 2024. 5:30 p.m. Eastern. Virtual gathering. Register for link.
Attention BLUU Beloveds! Please save the date for the BLUU Annual meeting, which will take place on Sunday, March 10, 2024 after BLUU worship at 5:30 p.m. Eastern. More information will be provided soon. The meeting will include information about BLUU’s new structure, updates about the BLUU Housing Initiative, and other reports about BLUU’s work. Questions about registration? Email info@Blacklivesuu.org.
This has been a particularly rough season in our lives, our communities, and the world. So in addition to folks being able to leave a voicemail or text message on our pastoral care line, BLUU is reinstituting regular office hours to serve the needs of our community. This will be a set time frame during which a Black UU or Black person who shares our values can call into our Pastoral Care Line (984-219-8710) and speak to someone directly, or leave a message to schedule pastoral or spiritual care if the staff person on call is already speaking with someone else. Please note the following office hours:

Albie Johnson, Commissioned Lay Minister:

Fridays at 11a.m. – 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. – 12 noon CT

Rev. Mykal Slack, Community Minister:

Tuesdays at 2-4 p.m. ET/1-3pm ET

Pastoral care is a model of emotional and spiritual support that can be found in all cultures and traditions. People who provide pastoral care offer support to people in their joys, sorrows, and uncertainties associated with specific life events occurring while part of the community in which pastoral caregivers serve. Spiritual care is a multi-faceted model of support in individuals’ search for meaning, purpose, wholeness, and connection in day-to-day life.

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