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.


Convertibles available for those who prefer to ride, but we must know you need a seat!
Children with parents on bikes welcomed to show UUCM’s solidarity with our community.
Sign making will be done May 28th at UUCM during coffee hours.

Please sign up during Coffee Hour to let us know you will participate or email Jane Gaertner at 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 in America from Members of the Undoing Racism Committee

June 2017

On Saturday, June 3, UUCM members and friends will join Montclair residents to celebrate African American heritage. This occasion is not just for African Americans. The Montclair African American Heritage Parade and Festival offers an opportunity for all people to come together in solidarity and good will.

The Parade kicks off from Glenfield Park (located at Bloomfield & Maple Avenues in Montclair) at 10:00 AM and moves westbound on Bloomfield Avenue. UUCM participants may ride in cars we are providing or walk in the Parade which ends at Nishuane Park where the Festival takes place. The Heritage Festival offers music, food and vendors with a variety of ethnic items for sale. Hope you will join us.

The Undoing Racism Committee will also conduct its annual Retreat on Tuesday, July 11, from 4:30 to 8:30 PM at the U. The Retreat is a great time to learn what URC is planning for the congregational year to come. There will also be time to discuss the national issues emanating from the UU General Assembly which will have taken place in late June as well as the direction that emerged from the UU Legislative Ministry conference titled “Refocusing UULMNJ in the Age of Trump.”

Other topics for discussion:

  • Working within the new social justice effort at UUCM
  • How best to involve the new co-ministers, other new staff, and congregation in the work of undoing racism
  • What should be our role to support the Urban Ministry work at Orange UU (The HUUB)

Becky Doggett
Former Chair, The Undoing Racism Committee