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 Discussion Guide for Congregations introduces the Conversations for Liberation framework. The guide is based on questions prepared for small groups at the 2019 General Assembly to discuss "The Power of We," the GA 2019 theme. The guide leads each local UU community to engage faithfully. After holding a discussion, congregations and UU groups are invited to share their discernment on the future of our faith with the wider Association by using this Feedback Form and this Interactive Map. The form and map require a UUA user log-in.

Come to Conversations for Liberation holding these commitments, grounded in Unitarian Universalist values:

  • First, we recommit ourselves to strive to become a fully inclusive and anti-oppressive community.
  • Second, we recenter the truth-telling that comes from voices at the margins of our faith community.
  • Third, we reaffirm that we must lead from the covenant of care that binds us.

How to Begin

Every UU congregation and community is encouraged to set aside time for small group listening and sharing.

The discussion guide offered here is intended only to begin the conversations our movement needs to have. The parties who created this initiative are sharing further resources and tools that have helped their constituencies engage with these movement-wide faith commitments. Congregations are encouraged to use these additional tools to continue their Conversations for Liberation.

A man of color wearing a teal polo shirt converses with a white woman wearing a pink sweater and several other people while seated in a large auditorium.

Congregational conversations for liberation

In the fall of 2019, UU faith communities were asked to engage in a Conversation for Liberation using this discussion guide for a 75-minute session. Congregations are encouraged to note their participation on an interactive map and to share feedback with UUA staff before February 1, 2020.

The Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, UUA President, shares a message for the beginning of the congregational year.

Pastoral Message