A belief in “the inherent worth and dignity of every person” is core to Unitarian Universalism: every person, no exceptions. As religious people, our Principles call us to acknowledge the immigrant experience and to affirm and promote the flourishing of the human family.
Before recorded history, some people migrated out of Africa and later across the world. People left their places of birth to feed themselves, protect themselves from hostile environments, or better their lives. Some people migrated voluntarily, while others were forced to migrate due to enslavement, war, famine, marriage, or fear of persecution. Whatever the circumstances, the human family is composed almost entirely of immigrants or descendants of immigrants.
2013 Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Statement of Conscience, “Immigration as a Moral Issue”
Women and children make up three-quarters of all immigrants to the United States, and have been historically burdened and excluded from the immigration system. Every person, irrespective of their citizenship status, has dignity and should have the right to meet their basic needs including health care, education, and a living wage.
1. Think of a time when you felt like a cultural outsider, perhaps when you were traveling or immigrating. What was that experience like? How did you access financial, medical, social, or other resources? How did your gender affect that experience?
2. What is your family’s story of immigration or migration? How did the gender, health, income level, or educational background of your family members affect that story or the way you tell it?
3. What values or priorities might be held by people who argue against health or gender equity in immigration reform? How do those compare with the values or priorities held by people who support those issues?
Beauty is before me, and
Beauty behind me,
above me and below me
hovers the beautiful.
I am surrounded by it,
I am immersed in it.
In my youth, I am aware of it,
and, in old age,
I shall walk quietly the beautiful trail.
In beauty it is begun.
In beauty, it is ended.
From the Navajo Indians of North America (from Singing the Living Tradition #682)
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Last updated on Friday, September 20, 2013.
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