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WOKE: How did it show up in our UU culture?  

A brief visit into woke, wokeism and our 8th principle

By Guest Speaker Judy Bunch

Judy will share with you how the word woke came to her attention and subsequent investigations.  She shares what was learned with the hopes that it will help UU’s move toward a better understanding regarding woke, wokeism and the 8th principle.

Judy Bunch has been a UU since the mid 80’s in Austin and a member of Northwoods UU since 1990. She presently serves the church by singing in the folk choir, as well as is a member of membership and pastoral care committees. Her service continues as an energy worker whenever possible. As one who loves music and poetry first nowadays, she still sometimes likes to share a talk as an ordained minister of Universal Ministries.

With music by Molli McMills and Willie B with John Hammond and Frank Imburgio

Order of Service: Woke

Lyrics

I’M NOT WOKEMolli McMills

I haven’t walked inside your shoes or traveled down your road

Born the burdens you do or shouldered your load

And nobody taught your history the way it was really lived

There’s more skeletons than water neath the Edmonds Pettus bridge

So when I said I get it, clearly I misspoke

I hope I’m wakin’ up… But I’m not woke.

CHORUS

I’m not woke, I won’t see you’re gonna see

I’m not woke no matter how much I wanna be

I’d have to live inside your skin to know what I don’t know

So I hope I’m wakin’ up… but I’m not woke

I’m not a person of color, impoverished gay or trans

But I don’t like my ignorance, I want to understand

Cuz people are falling thru the cracks and time is slipping by

And we’re never gonna change things if we don’t even try

Its not your job to teach me It’s a slippery slope

Hey I’m trying to wake up…   but I’m not woke

(Chorus)

Interlude and chorus

When I said I get it, clearly I misspoke

I hope I’m wakin’ up, but ’m not woke.

A DIFFERENT TURN – Molli McMills and Willie B

I’ve been ripping out the pages from the stories I was told

They were passed down thru the ages, now the lessons leave me cold

I was born into a bigotry that bred mistaken views 

Now I wish I could just toss them out like a beat up pair of shoes

CHORUS

Old voices old choices privilege unearned

others paid the price for the lessons I learned 

Now I’m working on the road that takes a different turn.

I used to judge you for your color I hate to say those words out loud

Took me too long to discover all the ways that I missed out

I’m want to look at every person deep enough to see their truth

Without beliefs that I was certain were the right ones in my youth

(Chorus)

BRIDGE

I’ll sing the songs and write the signs, and speak out for the change

Keep looking deep inside myself  for ways I’m still the same

Spend the time it takes to heal beliefs I’ve held too long

I gotta work to change my mind when my heart knows that it’s wrong

(Chorus)

Won’t you help me build the road that takes a different turn?

WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES Joe South

If I could be you, and you could be me, for just one hour,

If we could find a way to get inside each other’s mind. Oh, yeah.

If you could see you through my eyes instead of your ego

I believe you’d be surprised to see that you’d been blind. Mmm, mmm.

CHORUS

Walk a mile in my shoes. Walk a mile in my shoes.

And before you abuse, criticize and accuse

Walk a mile in my shoes.

Now if we spend the day throwing stones at one another

‘Cause I don’t think or wear my hair the same way you do.

Well I may be common people but I’m your brother,

And when you strike out and try to hurt me it’s hurting you. 

(Chorus)

There are people on reservations and out in the ghettos

And brother there but for the grace of God go you and I.

And if I only had the wings of a little angel

Don’t you know I’d fly to the top of the mountain and then I’d cry.

(Chorus x 2)

TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE

Music By: Willie B. Lyrics by: Willie B. And Molli McMills

Truth stands alone above the rhetoric

Checking the checkers weighing and measuring it

Suddenly we’re woke, hey, we are on fire

Ism is no joke when the truth lifts you higher 

Truth stands alone above the rhetoric 

Checking the checkers weighing and measuring it

Suddenly we’re woke, hey, we are on fire

Ism is no joke when the truth lifts you higher

Now anyone can see the truth will set you free

Surrounding the left,  call-em liberal

Compounding right, hey, screaming how terrible

Fully aware of the tricks now playing

AI.’s new flair has fake news spraying

Now anyone can see the truth will set you free

It’s now a dark and daunting fight 

Keeping the truth in the light

Now anyone can see the truth will set you free