Undoing Racism Committee

We are a long-standing committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair whose goal is to work with our congregation and the wider community to develop, strengthen and act upon anti-racist, multicultural perspectives through worship services, educational programs, lectures, book & film discussions, other cultural events, and community involvement.

The goal of the Undoing Racism Committee is to give UUCM members and friends the opportunity to act on their commitments to racial justice. We work closely with the UU Legislative Ministry of NJ and seek guidance from the UU Association. Through self-examination and learning, we are able to act with more direction and impact.

Jane Gaertner serves as chair. For information, contact uucmurc@gmail.com.


Participating in an immigration rally on June 17, 2018.

Thank you to all participants who came and supported UUCM & URC at the Montclair African American Heritage Parade on June 2, 2018.  It was a glorious morning and we thank everyone who supported this wonderful community and coalition building event.  It was great to have Rev. Scott and Rev. Anya in their ministerial garb. 

For more info, please email uucmurc@gmail.com

When we Meet:

  • The URC meets on the third Sunday each month following the second service or after the single service when scheduled.

As I See It
A Monthly Take on Race by Nicole Gray, UUCM Member

Many UU congregations, including UUCM, use ‘coffee hour’ as a way to showcase the congregation’s activities, share knowledge, invite others to join in, and make visitors feel welcome.  Historically, having a cup of coffee is an important symbol of community and inclusion: In 1960, when the sit-ins started, Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “The nations of Asia and Africa are moving with jet-like speed toward the goal of political independence, and we still creep at horse-and-buggy pace toward the gaining of a cup of coffee at a lunch counter.”

In the last 3 months, my co-coordinators, Sandra Boone, Christine Grasso, John Lytle, and I have found joy working to bring the vision for the recently launched Connection Café — a new version of the long-standing UU coffee-hour tradition — to life. The coordinators of the Connection Cafe would like to express our gratitude to each individual and all groups, who have hosted and volunteered to provide nourishment, serve the congregation, and clean up after. Thank you to The New Members Covenant Group; The Positive Place, the R.E. Committee, and the Men’s Group—who volunteered twice. Thank you for the hot coffee, the warm smiles, the delicious and nourishing baked goods and fresh produce—and thank you for your role in building the Beloved Community.

The Connection Café’s mission is to “provide a space where we gather to serve one another, nourish bodies and souls, connect to congregational life, and build the Beloved Community.” Offering a cup of coffee is a way to say something to someone, without saying anything in particular. Just—“here, have a cup of coffee” with all of the warmth, comfort, and support that it conveys.

Please join us in hosting Connection Café. Starting in September, Connection Café will be held between services each Sunday from 10:30 to 11:15 AM. We are currently looking to fill the calendar for the fall – Covenant Groups, social justice groups and all others are welcomed. Please reach out to me (nicolesgray@gmail.com), or stay tuned for an updated Sign-Up Genius form that will be available soon.

If you would like more information about URC, please email uucmurc@gmail.com