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About BLUU

What is the Black Lives of UU Organizing Collective?

The three goals of Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism are:

  • Expanding the power & capacity of Black UUs within our faith.
  • Providing support, information & resources for Black Unitarian Universalists.
  • Justice-making and liberation through our faith.
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When we first met at the Movement for Black Lives convening in July 2015, we didn’t know we’d be starting a new organization or a new faith community–yet we ended up doing both. The Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism Organizing Collective Board (BLUU OCB) is a group of people that came together out of a need for spiritual connection and commitment to creating a more just and loving world for Black people.

Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism was founded in 2015 at the Movement for Black Lives Convening in Cleveland, Ohio. The dozen or so Black UUs in attendance imagined a cohesive, national, vibrant community of Black Unitarian Universalists. BLUU evolved from several conversations among Black UUs at that gathering.

In six years, BLUU has transformed from a small, informal gathering of Black UUs into an impactful 501(c)(3) organization that creates life-giving and life-saving opportunities for spiritual community and Black-centered organizing. Since its founding, BLUU has hosted a symposium centering Black UU theology, established a popular virtual worship space for Black people; organized UU congregations to donate and organize for bailout funds; and started a vibrant youth ministry.

BLUU also just launched BLUU Havens, which will give Black folks opportunities to socialize, organize with, and spiritually grow with other Black people, especially Black UUs, in their local communities.

BLUU’s leadership is a combination of a working board of volunteers and staff, who comprise the Organizing Collective Board (OCB). The OCB models commitments to collective leadership, accountability, and flexibility within BLUU’s work culture. In addition to being accountable to BLUU members (Beloveds) and each other, the OCB works closely with its Financial Transparency Group, Advisory Team, and Elders 360 Council.

Since our kickoff in September 2015 with the Seven Principles of the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism–our take on the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism–we have been striving to live ever more deeply into our principles.


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Our Goals

Our Goals

Check out the overall goals of the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism Organizing Collective. BLUU Goals
Vision Statement

Our Vision

Our vision is centered in our love for Black people and our belief in our UU faith. BLUU Vision
Become a BLUU Beloved

Become a BLUU Beloved

BLUU Beloved is an opportunity for Unitarians who are Black/People of African descent to further connect, build community and develop leadership. Sign Up
  • Vision

    BLUU harnesses love’s power to combat oppression and foster healing as a spiritual and political imperative. We know the power of love to be life changing, inclusive, relational, uncomfortable, unconditional and without end.

  • Work With Us

    The overall goals of the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism Organizing Collective are to:

    1) Expand the power & capacity of Black UUs within out faith.
    2) Provide support, information & resources for Black UUs.
    3) Justice-making and liberation through our faith.

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Become A BLUU Beloved

BLUU Beloveds are Black people/people of African descent creating deeper connection, community, and leadership through BLUU’s membership program. Become a BLUU Beloved today. Additional information on membership can be found here, including our Patreon option for non-black/white folks.