Join with others at Heritage as we search for truth and meaning in considering our response to a proposed Eighth Principle.
The work of dismantling racism, both in terms of personal bigotry and in the daily reality of systemic oppression, is critical at national and local levels. It is also challenging us as Unitarian Universalists to look inward into our own congregations and institutions.
In the August Heirloom the Racial Justice Team provided the text of the Statement of Conscience passed at the 2021 General Assembly titled “Undoing Systemic White Supremacy: A Call to Prophetic Action.” During the October 10 worship service, Rev. Bill spoke about, and provided the text for, a proposed 8th Principle* which invites UUs to make the work of “building a diverse multicultural Beloved Community and accountably dismantling racism and other oppressions” a core part of congregational life.
At least 117 congregations have already adopted the 8th Principle and many are discussing the Statement of Conscience and how to apply it in their own communities. Beginning this fall and continuing into the winter/spring, Heritage members are invited to join this conversation during in a series of eight programs to learn about and discuss this important opportunity for our own church community. We hope everyone at Heritage will be a part of the discussions.
The first two dates for this journey we’re calling 8 For The 8th are already scheduled: November 12 and December 10. The remaining 6 events will be coming in the new year.
The first event of the series is a screening of the film Home of the Brave on Friday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m., in-person in the sanctuary. This movie chronicles the trip that Viola Liuzzo, a Unitarian Universalist and Detroit mother of five, took in response to Dr. King’s plea for help with the March from Selma to Montgomery on Sunday, March 21, 1965. She was murdered that night while driving between Montgomery and Selma, shuttling marchers home after the historic journey. This film documents her journey, explores the profound impact her murder had on her children, and provides historic details surrounding her death and its aftermath.
A discussion following the film will include its powerful story, and how her bravery calls us to action today. A separate virtual option can be arranged for those not comfortable with attending in-person. Please contact the Racial Justice Team at: RacialJustice1@huuc.net
The Proposed 8th Principle Reads:
* We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.