Racial Justice Learning Group

Union Congregational Church invites those who value racial justice to join an ongoing group that will explore written, visual and musical works created by Black women. The pieces explored will be selected from Candice Benbow’s Lemonade Syllabus, available publicly online and inspired by Beyonce's visual album Lemonade. Black women not only created the sources on the syllabus, but also collaborated on its development. The intent of the syllabus is to celebrate the lives and contributions of Black women as well as to contextualize and explore Beyonce's Lemonade. In a country where the contributions of Black women are all-too-often ignored or exploited, our intent in exploring the works of Black women is to celebrate Black women, as well as to examine and unravel our own biases and behaviors that serve as obstacles to our collective liberation.  

Because this is exceedingly sacred and sensitive work, the Racial Justice Learning Group will be pastorally guided and facilitated. We hope together to be honest, prophetic, curious, and open. At times, learning will be uncomfortable and even painful. But we will neverless persist in doing the work of racial justice, developing a community together that can hold and transform each member's experiences.   

Because the Lemonade Syllabus is so robust, we will have three 3-month units with different themes. Participants are required only to commit to one unit at a time. The group will meet the first Tuesday of each month from 7:15-8:45 PM at the church. 176 Cooper Avenue in Montclair. 

Participants should be eager to read about 150-200 pages a month and attend most meetings for the sake of building community. Book scholarships and childcare will be available upon request-- just check in with Pastor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Registration is required, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Check back here for updates about books and scheduling. 

Second Screening of "Lemonade"

•  Thursday, September 28th, 7:15—Second Screening of “Lemonade” with Wine and cheese, introduction to Fall Unit: Black Feminist Studies, Religion & Womanist Theology
Make-Up Session on Assata Shakur's Autobiography
  • Thursday, October 26th, 7:15
Fall Unit: Black Feminist Studies, Religion & Womanist Theology

October 3, 7:15: Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider

November 7, 7:15 Delores Williams, Sisters in the Wilderness

December 5, 7:15 Selected Womanist Essays, TBA

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