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Statement by the Board of Trustees of the UUA: People of Faith Respond to September 11, 2001

Boston, MA—October 24, 2001

In the aftermath of the events of September 11, 2001, the Unitarian Universalist (UUA) Board of Trustees joins our President William G. Sinkford in expressing deep gratitude for the work of our congregations, their leaders, and the UUA staff in providing compassionate care and comfort as well as opportunities for thoughtful dialogue and positive action to those who have suffered, directly and indirectly.

We share the concerns that President Sinkford expressed in his pastoral letter of October 11. We, too, believe that “the justice we should seek is restoration, not retribution” and that we should work for restoration that can break the cycle of violence and inequity that has victimized people for generations.

In the spirit of the Rev. Sinkford's letter, we reaffirm our Unitarian Universalist (UU) Principles and pertinent resolutions of our General Assemblies, and invite all UU congregations and individuals to join us in reaffirming our longstanding commitments to promote alternatives to violence and work for peace, to alleviate poverty and suffering, and to defend human rights and civil liberties for all people. In the days and years ahead, may our Unitarian Universalist public witness continue to be grounded in reason, wise and patient discernment, and compassion.

—Voted unanimously by the UUA Board of Trustees October 21, 2001 Boston, MA

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