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.
At Heritage, small conversations have begun about the 8th Principle. But our larger, congregational-level discussions will begin on Sunday, February 13. Following a worship service that day focused on racial justice, the Racial Justice Team will host the first of a series of town-hall style conversations. These discussions will provide an opportunity to learn more about the 8th Principle, consider what it would mean for Heritage, and hear differing perspectives about its impact.
Whether Heritage members feel this additional principle is right for our congregation at this time or not, there are many ways we can learn about, and become involved in, the work of a more just and equitable society. This work has been key for UUs since the 1960s, and is as urgent today as ever. If you’d like more information in advance of our February service, please contact the Racial Justice Team at:
*Proposed 8th Principle: “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.”