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. Members of the group will be invited to facilitate sessions, and we will occasionally have guest facilitators who are experts in the disciplines we will explore.
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 three Tuesdays of each month from 7:30-9:00 PM at the church. 176 Cooper Avenue in Montclair.
Check back here for updates about books and scheduling.
Spring Unit: English & Critical Studies, Historical & Cultural Studies, and Art (Poetry & Photography, Music, Theatre, Film & Documentary)
April 4, 11, 18
May 9, 16, 23
June 6, 13, 20
Summer Unit: Fiction & Literature, Non-Fiction & Autobiography, and Art (Poetry & Photography, Music, Theatre, Film & Documentary)
July 11, 18, 25 (the 4th is a holiday so we will start one the second Tuesday)
August 1, 8, 15
September 5, 12, 19
Fall Unit: Black Feminist Studies, Religion & Womanist Theology, and Art (Poetry & Photography, Music, Theatre, Film & Documentary)
October 3, 10, 17
November 7, 14, 21
December 5, 12, 19