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Faith Development Office

  • The Unitarian Universalist Association's Faith Development Office hosts webinars from time to time. Many address topics requested by UU religious professionals and lay leaders. ...

General Assembly Presentations

Justice and Inclusion: Ministering Effectively in Our Multicultural World

  • By Hope Johnson, Janice Marie Johnson, UUA Multicultural Growth and Witness: Multicultural Ministries Office
    An interview with Rev. Hope Johnson, one of two women of color granted emerita status in 2018.

Love Resists: A Justice Campaign Sponsored by the UUSC and the UUA

  • The prison industrial complex is built upon a cycle of re-incarceration that it perpetuates. Many folks held in cages because of unaffordable bail are there because they are caught in a vicious cycle where they are being re-arrested for past challenges with unpaid fees/fines or court cases. (1) ...
  • You have joined Love Resists to translate our values into action to resist the criminalization of our neighbors and communities and create...

Pacific Western Region

Press Releases

Social Justice Statements

  • 2015 Action of Immediate Witness
    WHEREAS, Unitarian Universalists strive for justice, equity and compassion in human relations; WHEREAS, Unitarian Universalists have a goal...
  • 2000 Action of Immediate Witness
    Scope: US Whereas the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization formed by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. to aid in the...

Uplift: Uplifting LGBTQ+ Experience Within and Beyond Unitarian Universalism

  • By J Mase III
    As Black trans people, we are a community often the target of criminalization, homelessness, murder and joblessness. As #BlackTransMagick, we ask ourselves “how do we protect our spirits and those of our loved ones who face so much trauma?”

UU Voices: Stories from the Movement

Worship Lab: Posts on Crafting Worship

  • 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: Searchable Worship Collection

  • By Natalie Fenimore
    I'm in love with the Unitarian Universalism that does not yet exist. But I have to hold both the love for that thing and the love for the reality.
  • By Heide Cottam
    Bearing witness is an act of compassion, empathy, solidarity and justice. It is a holy act. Humanity is at its most powerful and transformative when we experience the truth of another.
  • By Amanda Udis-Kessler
    Editor's note: This sermon was prepared for a white congregation, and thus speaks to those who identify as white, centering the dismantling...
  • By Nancy McDonald Ladd
    When we say, "Save the rainforest," we don’t mean that we cease to honor the mighty cedars or the reaching pines. We mean that one...
  • 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 his name. ...
  • 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 I. Soto
    Unitarian Universalists believe that all of us need all of us to make it; this is why we are in solidarity with the movement for Black lives today and every day.
  • 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-tsk-ing — because what people are actually complaining about are not the specific tactics that are being used in the struggle for racial justice, but that the...
  • 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;...

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