The first publication from Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism, BLUU Notes is a rich and profound collection that amplifies a Black Unitarian Universalist perspective and worldview.

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Product Code: 5782
ISBN: 9781558968806
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Skinner House Books
Published Date: 01/15/2022
Pages: 88
Size: 7 x 5
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“May this power of love you find in these pages change your life and your Unitarian Universalism.”

Forged at the intersection of faith and justice, BLUU Notes: An Anthology of Love, Justice, and Liberation is the first publication from Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU). Editors Dr. Takiyah Nur Amin and Rev. Mykal Slack, both on BLUU's Organizing Collective Board of Directors, have collected original poems, prayers, and short prose pieces by Black Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist writers, musicians, worship leaders, and liturgists. This rich and profound collection can be used for personal study, private meditation, and worship that amplifies a Black Unitarian Universalist perspective and worldview. Selected music and additional resources round out this transformative collection.


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Introduction

How to Use This Book
About Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism
Seven Principles of Black Lives


OUR ENERGIES
Morning Song by Patrice Curtis
Prayer of Power and Wonder by Mykal Slack
Invocation by Everett Hoagland
Gather the Bones by Sofía Betancourt
Toward a Place of Wholeness by Viola Abbitt
Black Girl Blues by Melissa C. Jeter
Beloved Space by Jan Carpenter Tucker
The Change by Mathew P. Taylor
God Knows My Name by Qiyamah Rahman
Only Begun by William G. Sinkford

OUR SONGS
May I Be Light
This Little Light of Mine
Would You Harbor Me?
Hold Everybody Up!
Welcome Home
I Need You to Survive

OUR SACRED SPACES AND PRACTICES
The Music by Everett Hoagland
Digital Faith by Soren Byrd, aka Benita Jeanelle
African Spirit by Anthony Y. Stringer
Wade in the Water by Sofía Betancourt
Lamentations by Mathew P. Taylor
Being UU and Black by Mya Wade-Harper
Lynching Version 2.0 by Ebony C. Peace

OUR WORK
Finding Your Way by Sherryl N. Weston
Sankofa - Go Back and Get It by Jan Carpenter Tucker
On Blue Notes and Resolutions by Elías Ortega
Dark Natured by Mallessa James

Resources

“Our hope is that you will use this book to accompany you during your personal moments of worship, meditation, and reflection. The offerings in this volume are meant to sustain and encourage you as you journey toward deepening and growing your faith. We hope you will use this resource intentionally and share its depth and beauty as you find opportunity.

Note that all the words you read here come from the lives, hearts, and multiple perspectives of Black UUs. The goal is not to present a seamless singular narrative but rather to support the spiritual and pastoral needs of our diverse and ever-growing community through a shared resource steeped in our growing articulation of a Black Unitarian Universalism.”

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