Race Matters hosts educational and justice-making activities for our congregation, to work toward a future free of oppression. UUCR has hosted the all-church reads of The Selma Awakening (2014) and Waking Up White (2015). In 2016 we collaborated with the Reading Clergy Association and the Reading Public Library to host guest speaker Debbie Irving, author of Waking Up White.

For several years, UUCR has partnered with the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, a non-profit organization in Dorchester dedicated to the prevention of violence. In 2015, Race Matters collaborated with Religious Education to send over 60 marchers from our congregation to their Mothers’ Day Walk for Peace. Ongoing efforts include recent training of members at the LDBPI training “Peace-ing It Together,” a powerful 6-month commitment to discuss and explore issues of systemic racism, with a focus on prisons. UUCR members Devika Hill and Mandy Neff look forward to a new partnership with the Town of Reading’s Human Relations Advisory Committee this year. Our community is committed to responding to injustice and to promoting education and awareness to create a just world for all people.