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Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

Rev. Dr. Jim Sherblom is joined by local black activists and the Brookline Chief of Police in talking about how this congregation can best engage and support the Black Lives Matter movement in the town of Brookline, the greater Boston area, and among UU’s nationally.

Jim Sherblom

Why Black Lives Matter

Rev. Dr. Jim Sherblom preaches at First Parish in Brookline (MA), Unitarian Universalist, about why Black Lives Matter to Unitarian Universalists in general and First Parish UU in particular  in his sermon entitled “Why Black Lives Matter,” on September 27, 2015. Why Black Lives Matter (PDF) On February 26, 2012, George Zimmerman, an armed white bigot, shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17 year old black man.  A predominantly white jury acquitted Zimmerman of both murder and manslaughter, and the Black Lives Matter movement was born.  November 23, 2012, Jordan Davis, a 17 year old black man was shot and killed by Michael Dunn, a white software developer, for playing his music too loud.  On November 29, 2012 Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, were driving a Chevy Malibu which backfired, this sound led Cleveland police to believe they were be fired upon.  This resulted in 13 police officers firing 137 bullets into their car, hitting each of them more than 20 times, killing them and then riddling their bodies with police bullets.  On September …

Jim Sherblom - Transitions


Rev. Dr. Jim Sherblom preaches at First Parish in Brookline (MA), Unitarian Universalist, on “Transitions,” as he announces his upcoming departure from First Parish at the end of 2015. Transitions – September 13, 2015 (PD It’s a paradox: I love this congregation, and my role as your senior minister, and yet for your sake and mine, it is time for me to move on.  I have been overwhelmed this week with the outpouring of love and support from so many of you, thank you, thank you, you will always be a great blessing in my life.  We are a very different community then we were when Rev. Martha and I arrived here 11 years ago: a larger, more diverse, stronger, and healthier congregation.  I am enormously proud of all that we have accomplished together.  Yet on my own spiritual journey I have horizons yet to cross, which you cannot cross for me, and this congregation has its own new horizons to traverse, and I cannot lead you there either.  So comes the time to bid …