On the weekend of April 28, 2018, BLUU hosted RECLAIM., a revival of body, mind, and spirit, in Kansas City, Missouri! This was a special moment for Black UUs and Black people who share our values, local Black organizers, and the communities they hold dear. It was also an opportunity for BLUU to offer a kind of ministerial presence we’d not offered before – to organize a public space where Black folks could be fortified in song, word, learning, and community, and help hold sacred space for connection across the faith traditions and spiritual journeys that make us who we are as people who are both Black and UU.
It was a remarkable space to be in together! We gathered in the round for a community sing led by Dr. Ysaye Barnwell. We ate and ate good food, gathering all over the campus of All Souls Kansas City, who were incredible hosts. We had worship that both grounded us in connection to our elders and ancestors and honored many of the ways that we experience the Holy. Worship was such a powerful expression of who we all are that we set up five stations in the space so people could move freely and lovingly from one station to the next. We were also in Black Sacred Space, by and for Black people, held together in the centrality of our Blackness and our love for the love, justice, and liberation at the heart of Unitarian Universalism.
This moment and others like it are precisely the kinds of gatherings that are a key focus of the restructure that we’ve been working so hard to get up and running! It matters so much that our people can be together in these ways. It’s healing and holds such promise for our future as Black UUs. So please stay tuned for announcements soon about BLUU’s new structure and please donate to help us make it happen.
Revival will always be a bright star in our story as a community, and we hope to do it again in the future.
In the Spirit of revival,
Rev. Mykal Slack
BLUU Community Minister for Worship & Spiritual Care