August 9, 2015 was the one-year anniversary of Mike Brown's death in Ferguson, MO. On behalf of the Outreach Committee, John Reed and Ann Marie Willer co-facilitated the Chalice Circle on that date and led a discussion about White privilege (which we now know to call light-skinned privilege). 21 people attended the Chalice Circle.
The Chalice Circle was followed by a 45-minute silent vigil in front of the church. Several passersby noticed our "Black Lives Matter" signs and talked to us. Photos from the vigil were posted on the UFPC Facebook page and Twitter feed, as well as on the individual Facebook pages of several members and were seen as far away as Seattle. John Reed submitted a photo to the Quincy Sun.
A sincere thank you to those who participated in the Chalice Circle discussion and those who stayed for the vigil. Ten people with signs on the front steps of our church made an important statement about racial justice that morning. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world." (Margaret Mead)