UN Sunday Services at First Unitarian Church of Victoria, Victoria, BC
Gender, Equity, and Intersectionality
Action Date(s): November 24, 2019
Support for the UU-United Nations Office - First Unitarian Church of Victoria We had two United Nations Sundays this year. In March Rev. Shana Lynngood led the service with the theme “When Crisis Calls: Advancing Just Migration for All.” The service was intended to help us get a deeper understanding of the migrant experience and the injustice of many of the barriers they face. Jim Hemstock, our UNO Envoy reminded the congregation of the important role played by Unitarians at the UN. He expressed the hope that we help a young person attend the 2020 UNO Multi-generation conference in New York.
In November Reverend Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate Victoria Barr talked about what our Unitarian Universalist – United Nation’s Office (UU-UNO) has been working on in the international community with regards to equity for LGBTQ+ people. We also consider what we can do in our own UU communities. We can pay particular attention to ‘intersectionality.’ To quote a UU-UNO resource, “Intersectionality, a concept created by black feminist legal scholar and activist Kimberlé Crenshaw, describes the ways in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination or oppression (based on race, gender, class, etc.) create overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage … a person experiences the world through all the identities they hold, which cannot be separated. Understanding intersectionality lifts up the reality that none of us can be free until we are all free”.
We are happy to announce that we will be sending a youth delegate to the Intergenerational Conference on Climate Change in New York next April. Stay tuned for opportunities to get involved.
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