Unitarian Universalists work for racial justice in two ways: within Unitarian Universalism (anti-racism), and in our larger communities (racial justice).
Anti-Racism in Our Congregations
The Unitarian Universalist community is actively working to teach our members how to confront and address racism and oppression. Delegates to our annual General Assembly, whose votes lead our democratic denomination, have overwhelmingly resolved to support and advance this work.
To support this work, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) provides programs and resources for Unitarian Universalist individuals, congregations, religious educators, ministers, and others. These resources approach anti-racism from a place of respect for all involved, grounded in our religious principle to "affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person."
Our youth and young adults are particularly active in working to combat racism and oppression. Young Unitarian Universalists have been instrumental in leading and challenging the denomination to greater and more meaningful engagement with this issue over the years.
Racial Justice in the world
Since its consolidation in 1961, Unitarian Universalism has spoken out against discriminating and oppressing people because of their race and/or ethnicity. One of the very first resolutions of the Association stated, "segregation and discrimination wherever practiced continue to be a matter of major national and international concern and reflect attitudes contrary to moral, religious and ethical commitments." In the years since that statement, Unitarian Universalists have worked against public school segregation and violence against people of color (since 1961), for justice for indigenous peoples (since 1967), against anti-Arab violence (since 1986), and for many other related racial justice issues.
Unitarian Universalism is not new to racial justice work: our history includes notable abolitionists from the seventeen and eighteen hundreds, members of color as early as 1785, the first ordained minister of color in the U.S., founders of the NAACP, leaders of the nineteen hundreds' voting rights movement, and more.
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Last updated on Monday, May 2, 2011.