Pledge to End Racism: Coming to FUSIT

The Richmond Pledge to End Racism, based on the Birmingham Pledge, is a personal commitment to work on ourselves and with others developed by the Richmond, Virginia, UUA congregation, to address racism in all its forms. It reads:

The Pledge to End Racism
I BELIEVE that every person has worth as an individual.
I BELIEVE that every person is entitled to dignity and respect, regardless of race or color.
I BELIEVE that every thought and every act of racial prejudice is harmful; if it is my thought or act, then it is harmful to me as well as to others. Therefore, from this day forward:
I WILL strive daily to eliminate racial prejudice from my thoughts and actions.
I WILL discourage racial prejudice by others at every opportunity.
I WILL treat all people with dignity and respect;
I WILL commit to working with others to transform this community into a place that treats people of all races, ethnicities, and cultures with justice, equity, and compassion, and
I WILL strive daily to honor this pledge, knowing that the world will be a better place because of my effort.

The Living the Pledge Workshop is a 12-hour virtual zoom workshop designed to give participants confidence in their ability to talk about and confront racism wherever it lives. The workshop is about 50% small group discussion, with the same small group throughout and beyond the workshop. Some pre-work is required, as is a commitment to attend all sessions.

We are bringing the Living the Pledge Workshop to Ithaca on December 4 and 5, with an initial training for 20 future facilitators, who will then help facilitate a couple of similar workshops for our congregation in 2021.

The primary goal of this workshop is to develop confidence in our abilities to:
 Integrate the Pledge to End Racism into our daily lives
 Recognize and challenge systemic racism
 Confront racism and bias in our everyday lives, and
 Take leadership in ending racism in our community, our culture, and our lives

As part of the workshop, participants develop a community of support and an understanding of how to use support in deepening our work in building a just and equitable multicultural world.

The workshop is for everyone – for people who have:
 engaged in other anti-racism/multiculturalism training. This workshop is designed to take your understanding and your competency to a deeper level, connecting you with other community activists.

 never taken a class about racism. This workshop will challenge you to invest in and deepen your learning so you can put yourself on the road to intercultural competence.

Contact Rev. Margaret (minister@uuithaca.org) or the FUSIT office (office@uuithaca.org) for more information.