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.


Next URC Meeting:  Sunday, August 20th following 10 am service in the Alliance Room.  Please join us!  There are many activities already in motion and we need your talent, time, and energy! Email uucmurc@gmail.com  to reach Jane Gaertner, Chair of Undoing Racism if you can attend.

Thank you to 16 UUCM members and several friends who came on June 3, 2017 to march and show support at the Montclair African Heritage Foundation parade.  We had a great time and were well received by everyone cheering us on!

 Thanks to Felice Celikyol, Becky Doggett, Sue Raufer, and Georgiana Hart for your energy, cars, candy, signage, and overall great efforts!  It was a great turnout and we appreciate all those who marched with us. 


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

Summer 2017

The Undoing Racism Committee invites you to join us on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 from 4:30 to 8:30 PM in the Peierls Room for our Annual Planning Retreat.  We will begin planning our 2017-18 activism, keeping in mind UU General Assembly’s Statement of conscience on Escalating Inequality, Rev. Barber’s  Poor People’s Campaign, and introduction of The Eighth Principle, under study which would commit UU’s to accountably dismantle racism in ourselves and our institutions.  If you cannot join us but have ideas you wish to propose, contact me at (973) 464-8279 or gaertnerjane@comcast.net as soon as possible.

I encourage all interested to read summaries of what happened at GA on UUA’s website (www.uua.org).  My GA experience was fulfilling and I look forward to sharing it with you.  We hope you plan to attend the service on July 9th when UUCM GA attendees will give a rousing program about how it has inspired our work.

P.S. Markus’ band at GA was amazing!  

Jane Gaertner
Chair, The Undoing Racism Committee