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@googlegroups.com


 The Undoing Racism Committee (URC) of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair (UUCM) will be hosting a forum to discuss and apply the lessons of The Third Reconstruction by the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II.  The event will be held on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 12:30 PM in the Peierls Room of the UUCM building, located at 67 Church St, Montclair, NJ.

This will be an opportunity for Montclair and surrounding communities to discuss racial justice within a progressive framework. The discussion is a part of a broader program run by the URC called “Conversations on Racism,” and is the third in the series.

The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear is part-memoir, part how-to manual for coalition building. The book traces Barber’s life in North Carolina and outlines the architecture of building local coalitions to pursue progressive policies in the state. Attendees are recommended to read Reverend Barber’s book but are not required to do so.

 The event comes as a groundswell of support for progressive organizations and advocacy efforts has been sparked by the election of President Donald Trump.

Organizers of the forum say that now is the time for action, and that all are welcome to discuss racial justice problems facing our community and to search for concrete actions that can be taken to address injustices.

 The Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II is a Protestant minister and political leader in North Carolina. He led the Moral Mondays movement in the state which challenged conservative policymakers and created a diverse statewide coalition. He serves on the board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and is chair of its Legislative Political Action Committee.

The Undoing Racism Committee is a community organization that works to raise awareness of ongoing systemic oppression of people of color.

Please RSVP by visiting: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mobilizing-against-racism-again-tickets-33176987262

 For inquiries, contact: Jane Gaertner
e-mail: gaertnerjane@comcast.net
phone: 973-464-8279 

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 in America from Members of the Undoing Racism Committee

April 2017


Hatred is better organized and funded than ever. Yet, the oppressed and their allies have more bodies, better ideas, and greater political power than at any other point in history.  Reverend William Barber illuminates how those resources have been marshalled in North Carolina to establish a multi-racial, cross-class coalition that has burned as a flame amidst dark money and shadow politics. The Third Reconstruction maps the Reverend’s journey to acquire the strategic tools and intellectual blueprints to build the foundation of a new moral movement in America.

According to the Reverend’s justice philosophy, moral truth is our beating heart, pumping us full of hope and nourishing us, even in defeat.  And it is the resonance of that moral drumbeat that can call together the diverse individuals and groups necessary to transform our communities.  As a community of faith, we are uniquely positioned to lead the disparate struggles around us. But we must show up for both our own causes and those of other oppressed groups, in the deepest spirit of solidarity. Reverend Barber helped establish Moral Mondays in North Carolina, which is a shining example of how to take collective action with effective strategies and tactics for this political moment.

To further explore this roadmap to social justice and discuss how our community can harness our moral strength for social justice, please join the Undoing Racism Committee for a discussion on the book and the way forward on April 23 at 12:30 PM in the Peierls Room. This forum will offer guided discussion to help attendees build a toolbox of resources and actions that can be taken to do this work.  Join us to learn concrete actions that can be taken to address injustices in local grassroots efforts, as well as state and national efforts.

Alan Stowers
The Undoing Racism Committee