Minns Spring 2017 Series: Historical and Future Trajectories of Black Lives Matter and Unitarian Universalism

Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1

Rosemary Bray McNatt photo
The Rev.Rosemary Bray McNatt
Mark Morrison-Reed photo
The Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed

For its spring 2017 series, the Minns Lectures Committee hosted a group of leading and insurgent Unitarian Universalist historians, ethicists, and activists who presented their research on the historical and future trajectories of Black Lives Matter and Unitarian Universalism. Who were the African American leaders in Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist congregations? Why don’t Unitarian Universalists today know about our black antecedents? What is the relationship between this “black hole” in white consciousness about African Americans and the contemporary Black Lives Matter movement?

Curated by the Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed, the series consisted of two lectures:

  • Friday, March 31 - The Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed, Affiliated Member, Meadville-Lombard Theological School
    Lecture held at First Church Boston, 66 Marlborough St., Boston, MA
  • Saturday, April 1 - The Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt, President, Professor of Unitarian Universalist Ministry and Heritage, Starr King School for the Ministry
    Lecture held at First Parish in Cambridge, 3 Church St., Cambridge, MA

The Rev. Mary Margaret Earl, Executive Director and Senior Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry (UUUM), and DiDi Delgado, writer, activist, organizer, and freelance journalist, acted as respondents.

The Black Hole in the White UU Psyche, by Mark Morrison-Reed (UU World, Fall 2017).