As an expression of our faith and values, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) takes positions on relevant issues of social justice. Issues are selected by Unitarian Universalist member congregations for three years of study, reflection and action. In the third year of this process, delegates at General Assembly (GA) can vote to approve a Statement of Conscience (SOC).
In June, a Statement of Conscience titled “Undoing Systemic White Supremacy: A Call to Prophetic Action” was approved by an overwhelming majority vote. In the fall here at home, the Heritage Racial Justice Team will be inviting everyone to participate in learning more about this powerful Statement of Conscience, and working together as a congregation to help build “universal justice and equity.”
You can read the full text of the SOC at the link at the end of this article. Excerpts include these words from the introduction and four key action points:
“Seeking universal justice and equity, we call upon the Unitarian Universalist Association and Unitarian Universalist individuals and congregations/groups to actively engage in undoing systemic white supremacy in all of its manifestations. Systemic white supremacy refers to the embedded, institutional, and pervasive nature of racism, white privilege, and racial bias and oppression in our society…. As Unitarian Universalists, we decry the ways in which the intersectional impact of systemic white supremacy divides our human family by privileging some groups over others and thereby generating resistance to the common goal of universal equity and justice. Systemic white supremacy is a direct affront to every one of our principles. Most egregious, we are losing lives of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color all across this nation … due to the evil of systemic white supremacy. Therefore, as Unitarian Universalists we must engage in urgent action to confront the moral crisis of our time:
- Engage with the movement, in our communities and nation, to heal the evil of racism.
- Carry forward the recommended healing actions conveyed in ‘Widening the Circle of Concern.’
- Build relationships across boundaries of privilege and oppression.
- Fulfill our UU role as a spiritual anchor to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) UUs.”
The Racial Justice Team encourages all Heritage members to read the SOC, dig deeper to expand your knowledge and understanding of systemic white supremacy and its 2021 manifestations, and join the work of building the Beloved community. We will be announcing meetings for the fall, so please stay tuned, and reach out with questions or interest at:
Read the full Statement of Conscience on the UUA website: