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Unitarian Universalists in Minnesota have been deeply involved in racial justice work for years, and have shown up in body and spirit as the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement in the Twin Cities has emerged. When have we been successful companions in solidarity? When have we fallen short? What is the role of UUs in the metro area, and how can congregations in Greater Minnesota show up for racial justice where they are? What can we learn from this growing movement about our faith, our identity, and our role in the struggle for racial justice?
Join us for this conversation between MUUSJA Executive Director Rev. Ashley Horan and special guest Lena K. Gardner about the history of BLM nationally and locally, as well as the ways in which Unitarian Universalists have played a role here in Minnesota, within our congregations and beyond.
Lena K. Gardner is Cofounding Organizer and Leader with Black Lives Matter Minneapolis & Director of Membership and Fundraising at the Church of the Larger Fellowship. She completed her masters degree in Justice and Peace studies at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in 2015. She works full time for The Church of the Larger Fellowship, an online Unitarian Universalist congregation. She has worked on local and statewide political campaigns, served on the board for her neighborhood organization, and volunteered for multiple organizations working for racial and economic justice. She continually seeks new ways to reclaim our communities from the grips of oppressive systems and to build lives and communities that are more healthy, equitable, and just. She is one of the early organizers of the nationally affiliated Black Lives Matter Minneapolis chapter, where she helps lead in faith organizing, fundraising, communications and media.