Our Unitarian Universalist Principles call
us to affirm
Yet we live in a world in which oppressive
structures prevent us from living out these Principles. Although legal segregation in
America ended with the passage of
civil rights laws in the 1960's, many primary institutions and systems of our
nation including business, health care, criminal justice, media, etc., were
little affected by these laws.
In addressing the racism that exists in
these institutions and systems, including the Unitarian Universalist
Association (UUA), its districts, and congregations, many programs at our General
Assemblies from 1992 until 1997 addressed these issues, and members of
congregations across the continent discussed how racism operates in our
congregations and communities. Some of the observations of this era still hold
A report developed over five years by the
UUA Racial and Cultural Diversity Task Force entitled “Journey Towards Wholeness—The Next Step: From Racial and Cultural Diversity to Anti-Oppression and
Anti-Racist Multiculturalism” led to an almost unanimous vote by the 3,000
General Assembly delegates in Phoenix, AZ, in June 1997 to a Resolution Toward an
Anti-Racist Unitarian Universalist Association to carry forward the vision outlined in the report.
Journey Toward Wholeness (JTW) is shaped by the anti-oppression work that is
done by Unitarian Universalists in our congregations, districts, denominational
structures, and organizations; it is embodied in how we work for
justice in the world; and The Journey Toward Wholeness is deeply spiritual work.
For more information contact congservices @ uua.org.
This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations.
Please consider making a donation today.
Last updated on Tuesday, July 26, 2011.
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