Friday, September 18, 2009

Black Unitarian Universalist Women in Conversation

On Sunday September 13, 2009 I presented to a group of about fifteen Black Unitarian Universalist (UU) women from my home congregation, the First Unitarian Church of Chicago. The group has been meeting over the summer and comprises about 30 women. I briefly shared some of my research on the presence of Black women in UUism including historic personality, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper and contemporary personalities, Polly McCoo, Norma Poinsette who has been UU for over 50 years and has served in a number of capacities.

With the help of my daughter who videotaped the session I interviewed the group and asked them the following question: 1. What attracted you to UUism? 2. What has kept you UU? and 3.What if any challenges have you experienced as a black UU woman?

I have not yet reviewed the video. They have invited me to return. I am looking forward to this. We plan to invite black women from the other UU congregations.

Question: What are your stories? How are you capturing them?

Blessings! Rev. Qiyamah


dcford said...

This is very interesting to me. I am a young African American woman (26 years old) and am attracted to the UU faith because of its open-minded and accepting nature. I've visited two UU churches and the predominately, if not entirely, Caucasian congregation is quite uncomfortable for me. How have you dealt with being AA in UU churches? Are you aware of any UU churches (possibly in Atlanta) that have a larger AA female presence. Thank you!

Qiyamah A.Rahman said...

Did I ever respond to your question?