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UU Perspective on Social Justice

Unitarian Universalism (UUism) offers a spiritual foundation and a supportive community for those who make social action part of their lives. Our congregations seek to build bridges from the individual to the wider society by using their collective voices and power. The preciousness of life on earth, the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and our mutual interdependency emerge as common themes for undertaking social justice work. The seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism are infused with this commitment.

Throughout Unitarian and Universalist history, women and men have shown great courage and taken huge personal risks on behalf of their vision of a better world. Famous American Unitarians and Universalists, such as suffragist Susan B. Anthony, civil rights leader Whitney Young, diplomat Adlai Stevenson, and American Red Cross founder Clara Barton, are joined by thousands of Unitarian Universalists of lesser renown who have spent decades laboring for justice in their own communities.

Unitarian Universalism offers a spiritual home where people can find affirmation, encouragement, and inspiration for the slow and often difficult work of making justice. Members of a congregation often work together on social action projects, pooling their efforts to do good in the world.

Environmental activism is an integral part of social justice work. Our seventh Principle, affirming the interdependent web of all existence, provides a spiritual sensibility that binds us with all living creatures and inspires social and political action on behalf of our planet.

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Last updated on Wednesday, June 2, 2010.

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