Anti-Racism, Multiculturalism, and Belonging

Attendees of the 2016 Finding Our Way Home Retreat for Religious Professionals of Color.

Attendees of the 2016 Finding Our Way Home Retreat for Religious Professionals of Color.

Every person has value as a member of the human family. The suffering caused by racism must be ended if we want to create fair and loving communities. We work to end racial discrimination and injustice, starting within ourselves and moving out into the world around us. We support multiracial, multiethnic congregations and advocate for stopping racist policies like mass imprisonment and attacks on voting rights. Our multicultural ministries will continue until there is peace, liberty, and justice for all.

We invite UUs of all ages and backgrounds to share their hopes and dreams for the role that Unitarian Universalists can play in advancing racial justice in the United States. Many UUs are already working with groups and campaigns, and others are still figuring out how they want to be involved.

Resources for Anti-Racist Multicultural Transformation

  • Widening the Circle of Concern
    The Report of the UUA Commission on Institutional Change analyzes structural and systemic racism and white supremacy culture within Unitarian Universalism and makes recommendations to advance long-term change. The Widening the Circle Study Guide offers ways to get the process started in your congregation.
  • Organizing for Racial Justice
    We support congregations and advocate for stopping racist policies such as mass incarceration and attacks on voting rights. We provide opportunities to partner with national campaigns for racial justice grassroots organizations.
  • Programs for Anti-Racist Multicultural Congregational Change
    The UUA is in the process of creating and curating new programs in response to the Widening the Circle mandate. The list above, from our New England Region but applicable to all, shares current curricula, trainings, and options for congregational transformation.
  • Decentering Whiteness in Worship
    This webinar resource offers tools for taking our anti-racist, multicultural commitment into our worship services.
  • Black Lives Matter Worship Collection
    This collection offers readings, reflections, and rituals to honor and celebrate the mattering of Black lives.

Community: Gatherings and Groups for BIPOC UUs

  • Finding Our Way Home, an annual retreat for UU religious professionals of color.
  • Thrive leadership school for youth and young adults of color.

Partnership for Anti-Racist Transformation

Effective justice ministry depends on partnership, since racial discrimination touches everyone. UU partners in racial justice work, beyond the Unitarian Universalist Association, include Side With LoveUU State Action Networks, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, the UU College of Social JusticeDiverse & Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM), and Allies for Racial Equity. UUs also form interfaith partnerships, such as with the Interfaith Organizing Initiative, Congregation-Based Community Organizations, the Forward Together movement, the NAACP, and the Living Legacy Project.

Finding Our Way Home is an annual retreat hosted by the UUA for Unitarian Universalist (UU) religious professionals of color.

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