Report of the UUA Commission on Institutional Change

Widening the Circle of Concern: Report of the UUA Commission on Institutional Change, June 2020 (cover)

NOTE: This month’s Dismantling White Supremacy Culture resource is from UUA President, Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray. 

After three years of research, story gathering, and analysis of structural and systemic racism and white supremacy culture within Unitarian Universalism, the report from the Commission on Institutional Change (COIC) is now available: Widening the Circle of Concern makes vital recommendations to advance long-term cultural and institutional change that redeems the essential promise and ideals of Unitarian Universalism.

The report names the ways Unitarian Universalists and our congregations are being called to embrace bold new ways of being—new opportunities for inclusion and accessibility like never before. This guidance is so important for this moment, as we discover doors we did not realize were closed and we reach people we’ve never reached before.

I am so grateful to everyone who shared their stories, and I want to especially recognize the people who served as members and staff to the COIC: Chair Rev. Leslie Takahashi, Mary Byron, Cir L’Bert Jr., Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore, Dr. Elías Ortega, Caitlin Breedlove, DeReau K. Farrar, and Project Manager Rev. Marcus Fogliano.

Please read and share this report widely in your congregations and communities.

Widening the Circle of Concern is available from InSpirit, the UUA Bookstore, or read the report online.