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Fall 2020

Summoning Our Sheroes

The Presence of Black Women in Unitarian Universalism: Mining Historical Memory As a Tool Towards Liberation

Rev. Dr. Qiyamah Rahman

Date: June 28, 2020 

Location: Streaming at the UUA General Assembly 

The celebrations and tragedies of Black UU women’s lives must be captured if we are to be successful in decentering whiteness and living out our commitment to diversity in Unitarian Universalism. This research attempts to build on those celebrated Black UU women that some of us are already familiar with and also gathers the voices of everyday Black UU women. 

Inspired by the Interfaith and social justice witness of our faith, Rev. Dr. Qiyamah Rahman is dedicating her research to reflect the diversely rich narratives of Unitarian Universalist Black Women. With a doctorate in Africana Women’s Studies, Rev. Dr. Rahman has conducted research on violence against women in Ghana, South Africa, and the US. Former Director of Contextual Ministry at Meadville Lombard, and past minister of the UU Fellowship of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Rev. Dr Rahman challenges us to remember our “sheroes” and live into the fullness of our tradition — from 1801, when Amy Scott signed as one of the incorporators of the First Universalist Society in Philadelphia, to the present.


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