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  • 2015 Action of Immediate Witness
    WHEREAS, Unitarian Universalists strive for justice, equity and compassion in human relations; WHEREAS, Unitarian Universalists have a goal...

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Worship Lab

  • By Christian Schmidt, Kristin Grassel Schmidt
    In every worship service at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, you’ll hear diverse voices, sources, and viewpoints. The...

WorshipWeb

  • By Jabari S. Jones
    Yesterday, a new employee — a white guy — walked into the bakery where I work. “Hi,” he said. “I don’t think I’ve met you yet.” He told me...
  • By Matthew Johnson
    We’re the faith of reason and science and dignity. There's nothing wrong with that. It’s just that too many of us have been taught by...
  • By Krista Taves
    My stomach turned when I first heard the term "white supremacy" used to describe the culture of Unitarian Universalism and our institutions...
  • By Nathan Ryan
    We have an absurd amount to learn, or unlearn, about race in this country. America allowed slavery to exist by seeking out personal and...
  • By Karen G. Johnston
    Before beginning, dramatically turn your back on the congregation and children, and place a smudge on cheek. It is important that this be a...
  • By Megan Foley, Theresa Soto
    Unitarian Universalist minister Rev. Theresa Soto writes, "All of us need all of us to make it." I want you to get used to those words;...
  • By Rosemary Bray McNatt
    He phoned more than an hour ago to say he was on his way home. But I have yet to hear the scrape of the iron gate, the rattling keys, so I...
  • By Amanda Udis-Kessler
    Given that Unitarian Universalists believe in the inherent worth and dignity of all people, not just black people, why should we say “black...
  • By Aisha Ansano
    No matter what tactics and methods racial justice activists use, the general response of society will be a collective head-shaking and tsk-...
  • By Aisha Ansano
    The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a radical. He was called “the most dangerous man in America” by the FBI and had a 17,000 page FBI...
  • By Kristin Joiner
    We're grateful to artist/designer Kristin Joiner for granting permission to share her sign on WorshipWeb. Joiner asks that this image not...
  • By James (Jay) C Leach
    Oh God of the black, the white, the brown and . . . the blue, Oh God of Keith Lamont Scott*, of Justin Carr*, and . . . of Brently Vinson*...
  • By Margaret Weis
    Holy One, our hearts are weary; are tired; and are breaking. Our hearts are stretching as they are pulled and pushed, bruised and battered...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    Jesus was a teacher, long ago, of love and compassion. When Jesus spoke to his followers, it was often about how to share more, love more,...
  • By Shane Paul Neil
    The offensiveness of my pain is why we have to remind America over and over again that Black Lives Matter: because if you lack empathy for our tears it’s likely that you lack respect for our lives.
  • By Faye Mogensen
    Sister Goose swam in the pond, happy as could be. Now and then, she ducked her head down to nibble a little bit here, and nibble a little...
  • By Adam Lawrence Dyer
    Don’t speak to me of “healing” racism, or “wounded souls” or the “painful hurt” until you are willing to feel the scars on my great-great-...
  • By Adam Lawrence Dyer
    You’ve seen it. Two black men pass each other on the street. They nod. Subtle, sometimes imperceptible, but there is acknowledgement. “Do...
  • By john a. powell
    The invisibility of whiteness means that one doesn't have to notice that one is white. So there are people, and then there are black people...
  • By john a. powell
    "The thing that's really slick about whiteness, if you will, is that most of the benefits can be obtained without ever doing anything...
  • By Chris Crass
    To become an anti-racist faith community, the key question for a white/white majority community is not “How do we get people of color to...
  • By Dawn Skjei Cooley
    Bruises are a part of roller derby — a celebrated part. It’s not uncommon for players to take pictures of their biggest, most colorful...
  • By Nathan Ryan
    The statement Black Lives Matter might be hard to hear because it floats. It is a bit of hyperbole. There is no counter point, no balancing...
  • By Christian Schmidt
    Let us wake up. Not just from the Sunday morning exhaustion, from the wish for a few more drowsy minutes in bed. Let us wake up to this...
  • By Kenny Wiley
    Most of us Unitarian Universalists are here because we felt welcome here — at last. Some of us were too agnostic somewhere else. Some of us...
  • By Elizabeth Nguyen
    God of mercy, spirit who makes peace out of war, who wanders with refugees and keeps vigil with children at our border and all borders;...
  • By Jabari S. Jones
    On a spring day in Farmington, Maine, as I was walking downtown, I made my way through a line of cars that were waiting for the light. In...
  • By Jeannie Shero
    #‎BlackLivesMatter Let the only burning be the fire of commitment in our hearts, minds, hands, spirits in our community of faith. Live...
  • By Elizabeth Nguyen
    God who is with us in the courtrooms, at the border, in the streets, in the struggle, We do not know if this arc bends toward justice. The...
  • By Cathy Rion Starr
    This charge was written to be led by several voices: one person says a line, and then all in attendance respond, “We charge you to engage...
  • By Sarah Lammert
    Dear God of Sorrow and Love— Are there no places of safety from hate? Are there no sanctuaries from racism? Are there no walls fortified...
  • By Robin Bartlett
    Reading From The Hebrew Bible (Isaiah 40:1-11) Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her...
  • By Theresa Soto
    Turn and look at your neighbor. Not only can you probably see them. You can experience being in the same space with them today. If you were...
  • By Audette Fulbright Fulson
    Did you rise this morning, broken and hung over with weariness and pain and rage tattered from waving too long in a brutal wind? Get up,...
  • By Daniel S. Schatz
    As a Unitarian Universalist minister, it is sometimes my role to answer correspondence that comes to our congregation from members of the...

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