Upcoming RJI Sponsored Events


"In Whose Honor?" Film Screening - Sunday, February 4th, 2:30 pm in the UUCUC Fellowship Hall. Free film showing sponsored by the UUCUC Racial Justice Initiative.  

Filmmaker Jay Rosenstein focuses on the story of Charlene Teters, a Spokane Indian whose campaign against Chief Illiniwek, the University of Illinois' beloved team mascot, turned our town upside down and made people rethink the larger issues of culture and identity. Ross Wantland, Director of the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, will join us for discussion.


Past RJI Sponsored Events


Film Viewing: "I Am Not Your Negro"

November 5, 2017 / Doors open at 2:00 pm / Film starts at 2:30 pm

An RJI Sponsored Event. Join us for a public showing of the 2016 Academy Award nominated documentary in UUCUC Fellowship Hall. The film explores the history of racism in the US through James Baldwin's reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Questions: Jim Hannum (jwhannum@gmail.com)

Racial Justice Initiative October Workshop

Sundays, October 1st and October 8th, 2:30 p.m. in uucuc fellowship hall

We are hosted a conversation on how white privilege and supremacy is reproduced through racially segregated spaces. U of I Professor Ken Salo showed and discussed with us portions of the PBS series, Race, the Power of an Illusion, primarily focusing on part three, The House We Live In. This deals with the ways institutions and policies advantage some groups and have fostered and maintained segregated racialized spaces which are part of a system which, by itself, works to maintain white supremacy. We discussed how this relates to the inequalities of Ferguson and how this process is manifested in Champaign-Urbana.

Professor Salo teaches and conducts research in environmental racism and justice in the context of urban and regional planning.  



Do you wish you were more prepared to respond to racist (or sexist) comments by friends, relatives, and coworkers? In the incidents that people mentioned during our summer service on racial justice (displayed on the RJI bulletin board in Fellowship Hall), many folks talked of not knowing what to say “in the moment” and later regretting their passivity in the face of prejudice. This is your chance to practice being more active!  We invite you to come to one of two interactive workshops (both workshops cover the same topics) in September. The workshops will be led by Amy Felty and will feature small group interactions. Amy is on the Community Coalition's Racial Justice Task Force and  has been centrally involved with the “Racial Taboo” films and discussions held in our community over the past several years.  She has also attended many of our racial justice films.
This interactive exercise - called "Racist Uncle Joe" - is designed to help us prepare how to respond in a group setting through creativity, compassion, and strategy.
Space is limited, so sign up today by emailing Pamela Van Wyk or by signing up at the Social Action table on Sunday after worship. The  workshops will be held in Fellowship Hall. These workshops are sponsored by the Racial Justice Initiative.

Being White in the Black Lives Matter Movement Class

As another step in our efforts to promote racial awareness and justice, we conducted a 4-session class in February 2017. Inspired by a class developed by Rev. Kate Lore, a UU Minister in Portland, OR, it includes education, personal exploration, and opportunities to take action related to broad racial justice topics. 

The class is co-led by Jim Hannum and Andrea (AJ) Herzog, with assistance from Kathleen Robbins and Dave Sutton. 


The House I live In                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     April 9, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Racial justice film series - part six

Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity                                                                                                                                                           March 12, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

racial justice film series - part five

13th                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    January 8, 2017

racial justice film series - part four

The Return                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       December 11, 2016

racial justice film series - part three

Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory                                                                                                                                                                                         November 13, 2016

racial justice film series - Part two

Putting Racism on the Table" Robin DiAngelo on White Privilege                                                                                                                                                  October 9, 2016


kick-off to two-year initiative on racial justice

On Sunday, September 18, 2016, UUCUC kicked off its two-year initiative on RACIAL JUSTICE with a film viewing and discussion of Racial Taboo.  www.RacialTaboo.com

Thanks to the leadership of the Racial Justice Task Force and thanks to leaders from the community who volunteered their time to facilitate the discussion groups following the film, the event was a huge success!  Scroll down on this page for photos of the event.

 Full-house to view our Racial Justice Initiative kick-off film and discussion of RACIAL TABOO!

Full-house to view our Racial Justice Initiative kick-off film and discussion of RACIAL TABOO!