Undoing Intersectional White Supremacy

Delegates at the 2018 General Assembly in Kansas City, MO, selected "Undoing Intersectional White Supremacy" to be the 2018-2021 Congregational Study/Action Issue (CSAI) of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) of Congregations.

The Congregational Study/Action Issue is an invitation for congregations to take a topic of concern and engage it, reflect on it, learn about it, respond to it, comment on it, and take action—each in their own way. A CSAI is NOT a statement—it is a question.

Draft Statement of Conscience

Resources for Exploring Intersectionality

Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, a leading scholar of critical race theory, and a founder of Columbia Law School's Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies (CISPS), is known for introducing and developing intersectional theory in 1989. Crenshaw states: “Intersectionality is a lens through which you can see where power comes and collides, where it interlocks and intersects.”

As we engage in congregational study and action over these next four years we intend to create a learning and acting community among UUs and our partners to understand intersectional theory and to engage in intersectional movement building. We will be rolling out resources throughout these next four years and plan on creating an interactive process.

To begin our exploration together we recommend reading the following articles by Kimberlé Crenshaw and a recent interview with her, and viewing the videos below.

Please send your recommendations for resources on Exploring Intersectionality to Susan Leslie, UUA Congregational Advocacy & Witness Director, at SLeslie@uua.org.

​Discussion Questions

How does intersectional power manifest itself in our country and in your community?

What intersectional identities do you hold?

How can movements you are engaged in operate more intersectionally?

How does our UU theology and our principles inform and embody intersectionality?

Conversations for Liberation

Unitarian Universalism is at a moment of great power and potential. We are making progress toward becoming a faith movement where people of all backgrounds and identities can thrive to challenge systems of oppression, patriarchy and white supremacy. While we move forward, we recognize that meaningful change is hard, especially when it touches on issues of power and identity.

In the summer of 2019, a group from UUA staff and other UU organizations began meeting to address conflicts arising in Unitarian Universalist communities around the call to dismantle white supremacy in our faith movement. Meetings led to a framework and an invitation for Unitarian Universalist faith communities to engage in broad, shared discussion: How will we move our faith forward toward greater justice?

A new Discussion Guide for Congregations introduces the Conversations for Liberation framework. See more information here about the Guide and how to have the conversations.