The 1966 Consensus on Racial Justice resolution identifies discrimination
in housing, education, employment, public facilities and federal aid. It
urges members to "practice equality of opportunity, both in private enterprise
and in public positions."
In an attempt to alleviate this discrimination within the UUA, the Unitarian
Universalist Ministry (1964) resolution was passed, urging churches and
fellowships to "recruit and call qualified candidates to the ministry from
all races, ages, and of both sexes" and to "provide financial assistance
to theological students regardless of sex, race or age." Again in 1989,
with the Equal Opportunity in Ministerial Settlement resolution, the UUA
states its concern that "some member congregations have not practiced equal
opportunity in the calling of ministers" and requests that the UUA provide
assistance to congregations striving for equal opportunity in ministerial
As early as 1962, with the Civil Rights Resolution, the UUA urges the
United States government and residents "to secure compliance where pertinent
laws exist and promote progress in private sectors" when considering affirmative
action programs. This call for governmental action continues with the
branch. The 1979 UUA Action to Reduce Injustices of Discrimination, specifically
names the Bakke case, "affirming the use of color as one of the means of
opening opportunities for professional, scholarly, and technical training
to blacks and other historically disadvantaged groups." This resolution
further resolved "to increase its efforts in affirmative action...to reduce
the injustices of discrimination by monitoring local situations and encouraging
appropriate public and private affirmative action." Again in 1984, with
the Preserving Civil Rights resolution, the UUA "encourages active Unitarian
Universalist participation in civil rights coalitions and the resistance
of these coalitions of...efforts to undermine affirmative action."
While some of the above resolutions mention Black Americans specifically,
other resolutions identify females and older Americans, recognizing that
affirmative action programs benefit more than people of color. Citing
action as a remedy for the wage gap between men and women, the 1987 Ending
Gender-Based Wage Discrimination resolution calls for "equal pay for equal
work and equal opportunity." The Senior Citizensí Charter resolution
(1973) affirmed older citizensí "right to obtain employment based
on merit." And the 1976 Older Women resolution cites the "double discrimination
of ageism and sexism," urging members to "support equal opportunity in
education for older women" as well as job training.
Unitarian Universalists have long recognized the institutional inequities
levied against certain populations. As stated in the 1989 Equal Opportunity
in Ministerial Settlement resolution, "discrimination is inconsistent with
the Principles and Purposes of our covenant."
Desegregation1961 General Resolution
Public School Integration1961 General Resolution
Civil Rights1962 General Resolution
Freedom Fund1964 General Resolution
Federal Registrars for Voting1965 General Resolution
Mississippi Challenge1965 General Resolution
To Bear Witness1965 Business Resolution
Consensus on Racial Justice1966 Business Resolution
The American Indian1967 General Resolution
Black Affairs Council1968 Business Resolution
National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders1968 General Resolution
Self-Determination for Blacks and Other Ethnic Groups1968 General Resolution
Counteracting Institutional Racism1969 Business Resolution
Countering Institutional Racism1970 Business Resolution
Funding of Black and White Action1970 Business Resolution
Indian Rights1970 Business Resolution
Anti-Arab Violence1986 Resolution of Immediate Witness
Arizona General Assembly 1988 Site1987 Resolution of Immediate Witness
Proposal for Phoenix as Future General Assembly Site1987 General Resolution
Civil Unrest and Economic and Racial Injustice—the Lesson of Los Angeles1992 Resolution of Immediate Witness
Racial and Cultural Diversity in Unitarian Universalism1992 Resolution of Immediate Witness
Justice for Indigenous Peoples1993 General Resolution
Support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 19941994 Resolution of Immediate Witness
Support of Black Churches1996 Resolution of Immediate Witness
Toward an Anti-Racist Unitarian Universalist Association1997 Business Resolution
Protest Against Racial Profiling2000 Action of Immediate Witness
Resolution on Support for the Cleveland, Ohio, Native American Community2000 Responsive Resolution
Reparations for the 1921 Tulsa, OK Race Riot2001 Action of Immediate Witness
Resolution to Establish Formal Relationships with the National Coalition on Racism in Sports and Media2001 Responsive Resolution
World Conference Against Racism2001 Action of Immediate Witness
Congregational Programs on Racism and Classism2006 Responsive Resolution
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