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


When we Meet:

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

Upcoming Events:

October is Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration, Police Terror and the Criminalization of Youth. Come learn and show your support at two important events on

Friday, October 21, 2016.

  • March and Rally from 5:00 to 6:30 PM from Church Street Plaza to the UUCM. Light refreshments following the rally at UUCM.
  • A performance of “A State of Profiling” from 7:00 to 8:00 PM at UUCM. Written by Georgiana Hart and directed by Vincent Wares, the performance is based on a landmark racial profiling case about four young, black men who were shot on the NJ Turnpike by State Troopers. Hour will include time for Q&A. Click here for more info.

Upcoming events in November:

  • November 3, 2016 (Thursday), “The History and Persistence of White Supremacy” Lecture and Book Signing by Rev. David Billings of People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond.  URC hosts, and co-sponsors with Antiracist Alliance of No Jersey and European Dissent.  Light refreshments  (Fletcher Hall, 7-9 pm)
  • November 13, 2016 (Sunday): Rev. Rob Gregson,  Exec Director of UUMLNJ. “The Next Round in Confronting Systemic Racism.”  Discussion and action opportunities to affect change.   Light refreshments  (Peierls Room,12:30-3 pm)

For more information, please call (973) 651-6396 or email.

As I See It
A Monthly Take on Race in America from Members of the Undoing Racism Committee

October 2016

Black and white Americans inhabit the same geographical territory but live in two separate realities.  The probability of being shot while unarmed is three times higher for blacks than for whites and the probability of having your car searched in a police stop is also three times higher for blacks than whites.  Blacks are arrested for drugs twice as often as whites though the rates of drug use are the same and black people serve longer prison sentences for the same crimes as whites. Americans of color cannot be considered irrational for believing that their lives are endangered by encounters with police while polls show that 70% of white Americans still believe that police treat blacks and whites equally, video footage of unprovoked police homicides of blacks notwithstanding.  A Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently observed that a black man who runs from police shouldn’t necessarily be considered suspicious—and might be trying to avoid “the recurring indignity of being racially profiled.”

While racial inequality in this country is experienced by people of color in many spheres, such as employment and education, mass incarceration is now one of the main battlegrounds in the fight for racial equality.  White allies have joined Black leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement to bring attention to these racial injustices.   In support of this movement, the Undoing Racism Committee will, for our third year, sponsor a Rally and March in recognition of October as a Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration, Police Terror and Criminalization of Youth.  The Rally will be held Friday, October 21, and will start at Church Street Plaza at 5:00PM; at 6:30 we will proceed to UUCM for light refreshments; and at 7:00 present an original play, “A State Of Profiling”, based on a 1998 NJ landmark racial profiling case. Email gaertnerjane@comcast.net for info.


Jane Gaertner
Chair, The Undoing Racism Committee