“The BLUU Story”

The BLUU Story

Jana Norris, guest speaker


Download the morning program HERE

Of her discourse, Jana writes..

February is Black History Month.  Knowledge of one’s history grounds one’s journey, while dreams of the future share and direct it.  However, it is only in the present that action can take place. But acting in the present is difficult when one is in a minority. For Black UU’s, this has been a painful struggle. Eight years ago, an affinity group Black Lives UU—BLUU—was formed to create fellowship both on this journey and in taking action.

BLUU is committed to expanding the power and capacity of Black UUs within Unitarian Universalism by providing support, information and resources for Black Unitarian Universalists and justice-making liberation for Black people through our faith.

On Sunday, we hear in their voices the passion, the pain, and the determination the past has caused them, and we see their strength, power, and joy as they strive to create not just a future but a present out of their hopes and dreams.

About our guest speaker

Jana Norris is a member of Red River UU Church. She earned her law degree from U of California Davis, practiced family law mostly in Dallas and Rockwall Counties, and retired to Grayson County, with a stint in MidCoast Maine.

She grew up Methodist, tried the Episcopal Church for a few years, then found a spiritual home in the California neopagan community. Since returning to Texas, she has found fellowship and delight in the UU Church.  She serves on the Worship Team and was elected to the minister search committee in 2022.