Every person has value as a member of the human family. The suffering caused by racism must be ended if we want to create fair and loving communities. We work to end racial discrimination and injustice, starting within ourselves and moving out into the world around us. We support multiracial, multiethnic congregations and advocate for stopping racist policies like mass imprisonment and attacks on voting rights. Our multicultural ministries will continue until there is peace, liberty, and justice for all.
We invite UUs of all ages and backgrounds to share their hopes and dreams for the role that Unitarian Universalists can play in advancing racial justice in the United States. Many UUs are already working with groups and campaigns, and others are still figuring out how they want to be involved.
In March 2015, the Living Legacy Project and the Unitarian Universalist Association, presented the Marching in the Arc of Justice Conference, to honor the 50th anniversary of the Selma Voting Rights Campaign. This was a time for us to remember our past, honor our martyrs and their families, and recommit to the struggle for racial justice in the United States. A new Marching in the Arc of Justice Toolkit has just been released for use in your congregation or community group that includes videos from the conference, discussion guides, and small group ministry sessions.
What We Are Doing
- Mosaic Makers
Mosaic Makers are leaders who are intentionally building multiracial, multiethnic, multicultural Unitarian Universalist congregations. The Mosaic Makers community comes together to grow, learn, and celebrate.
- Black Lives Matter and Building a Movement for Racial Justice
Racial profiling, police brutality, and mass imprisonment of are examples of how African Americans and other people of color suffer at the hands of today’s legal system. Join the movement to end these systems of racial injustice. See our map of UU congregations with Black Lives Matter banners and learn more about building a movement for racial justice.
- Doctrine of Discovery
We support the struggles of Native peoples for freedom. In 2012, the UUA took a stance against the past and current impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery, an historic international law that allowed Europeans to kill non-Christian peoples and steal their land.
Worship, Learn, Connect, and Live Your Faith
- Multicultural worship resources
- Black Lives Matter worship collection
- Selma Sunday worship resources
- Introduction to multiculturalism
- Entry points and UU programs for engaging in multicultural ministry
- Recommended books on race and class
- Multicultural, multigenerational religious education resources
- UU World: Five ways to support Black Lives Matter
- UU World: What churches learn when they proclaim Black Lives Matter
Community: Gatherings and Groups
- Finding Our Way Home, an annual retreat for UU religious professionals of Color
- Multicultural Leadership School for youth and young adults of Color
- Virtual Community Gatherings for UUs of Color
- Racial justice stories from our faith movement
- General Assembly presentations on multiculturalism and racial justice
- Catalyst: the UUA newsletter on racial and ethnic ministries
Effective justice ministry depends on partnership, since racial discrimination touches everyone. UU partners in racial justice work, beyond the Unitarian Universalist Association, include UU State Action Networks, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, the UU College of Social Justice, Diverse & Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM), and Allies for Racial Equity. UUs also form interfaith partnerships, such as with the Interfaith Organizing Initiative, Congregation-Based Community Organizations, the Forward Together movement, the NAACP, and the Living Legacy Project.