Marking the 25th Anniversary of the UUA’s Commitment to Anti-Racism

By Sana Saeed

A colorful, whimsical banner hangs on a church chancel: "people united against racism"

A report developed over five years by the UUA Racial and Cultural Diversity Task Force entitled “Journey Towards Wholeness—The Next Step: From Racial and Cultural Diversity to Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racist Multiculturalism” led to an almost unanimous vote by the 3,000 General Assembly delegates in Phoenix, AZ, in June 1997 to a Resolution Toward an Anti-Racist Unitarian Universalist Association to carry forward the vision outlined in the report.

In this recorded conversation with Paula Cole Jones and Rev. Melvin Hoover we explore historical moments that led to the 1997 resolution and where we are now as an association.

For congregational resources to explore anti-racism in your congregations, please see the links below

Gatherings and Groups for BIPOC UUs:

  • BLUU- Black Lives of UU- for black members
  • DRUUMM- Diverse Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries- for BIPOC UUs- within this are caucus groups for indigenous, AAPI, Latinx, and more
  • Taproot- a monthly meeting for BIPOC UU Lay Leaders
  • CER BIPOC Group- a monthly meeting group for BIPOC lay leaders in the Central East Region. Contact Rev. Sana Saeed for more information,

Self-guided Curriculums:

These programs are designed to be facilitated by members or staff of your congregation.

Other resources:

Recorded Webinars from the GRACE (Growing Racial And Cultural Equity) Team:

  • The Richness and Challenge of the Journey: a conversation with leaders at the North Parish of North Andover Unitarian Universalist in which they describe various things that they have done with and through the congregation over many years to address racial injustice and what they learned in the process. (April 19, 2018) Recording (YouTube)
  • Waking Up to Whiteness in Our Congregations: a conversation led by the G.R.A.C.E. team for people looking for ways to inspire and support their congregations to look at congregational culture to see how whiteness may be limiting their ministries and welcome. (February 28, 2017) Recording (YouTube)
  • Banners 101: led by members of the G.R.A.C.E. team, this webinar is for those wondering what to consider, how to get congregational support, and what a good process might be in getting a congregation to hang a Black Lives Matter banner. (February 9, 2017) Follow up resources (google doc)

About the Author

Sana Saeed

Rev. Sana Saeed is the Congregational Life Staff for the Central East Region of the UUA since July. Previously, she was an Intern Minister for UU Ministers Association (UUMA) and was the President of Diverse Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM). She’s a graduate of Harvard Divinity...

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