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“We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, hereby rededicate ourselves to the pursuit of economic justice, an end to racism, and an end to poverty. Together, we can make a difference. Working for a justice society is central to our Unitarian Universalist faith.”
—2000 Statement of Conscience “Economic Injustice, Poverty, and Racism: We Can Make a Difference!”
Unitarian Universalists have always advocated for economic justice. As a religious tradition that has gathered to affirm the dignity and worth of all people, as individuals who covenant to promote peace throughout an interdependent human community, we move together in support of public policies and other measures that bring more justice and more compassion to our society.
To that end, Unitarian Universalist Association has helped to create a “Faithful Budget” along with other major national religious organizations and leaders. Our Faithful Budget stands in stark contrast to the partisan budget proposals currently under consideration in Washington D.C., putting forth budget principles that promote values shared by diverse faiths: protection of common good, the value of each individual, and lifting the burden on those living at the economic margins of society.
All of the 2014 budgets that the U.S. Congress is currently considering—those drafted by the House, the Senate, and President Obama—"fall short of the moral vision” articulated by many faith leaders and the president himself in his second Inaugural Address, according to an article about the Faithful Budget in The Hill’s Congress Blog by Sister Simone Campbell and others. The Faithful Budget calls for investing in social safety net programs and tax credits that are essential to the health and welfare of low-income Americans, and advocates for a more fair tax code which would enable the United States to use its wealth, instead of increasing cycles of poverty, to address the budget deficit.
The Faithful Budget for FY 2014 builds on the Faithful Budget for FY 2013 and the Faithful Budget Campaign, an effort launched by the religious community in May 2011 to lift up faithful voices on behalf of the nation’s most vulnerable in order to encourage the administration and Congress to maintain a robust commitment to domestic and international poverty assistance programs. Its Preamble is endorsed by 44 religious denominations and organizations.
Sign the Preamble, read more about the 2014 Faithful Budget, or send a letter to Congress about your moral vision for our federal budget on the coalition’s website.
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Last updated on Monday, August 12, 2013.
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