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. 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. 

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. 

Summer Unit: Fiction & Literature, Non-Fiction & Autobiography, and Art (Poetry & Photography, Music, Theatre, Film & Documentary) UPDATE

  • Tuesday, July 25th—Wine and cheese and Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (219 pp.) 
•  Tuesday, August 22nd—Wine and cheese and Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur (320 pp.)
•  Tuesday, September 5th—Special guest Toni Reynolds, facilitating on bi-racial identity and discussing Passing by Nella Larsen (160 pp.)
•  Tuesday, September 19th—Second Screening of “Lemonade” with Wine and cheese, introduction to Fall Unit: Black Feminist Studies, Religion & Womanist Theology

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

Click on the icons below to access.


8:30am in the Chapel
10:00am Main Worship



Upcoming Events at Union Cong



Sign Ups

Sign Up for Events, Programs and Assisting 




Fast, Easy, Secure Online Payments


& Bulletin




Visitor Tips

Feel Comfortable with These Handy Tips


Get in touch

Union Congregational Church
176 Cooper Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043


Connect with us

Sign up for our newsletter: