Prophetic Generations: 50 Years of Choice and Justice
This year, 2013, marks the 50 year anniversary of the Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA’s) first statement on reproductive choice. Fifty years ago, we were faithful pioneers—the first religion to publicly proclaim the right of a women to an abortion—a right to her dignity and bodily autonomy. Unfortunately, that statement was no more relevant and important then as it is today.
Though we can be proud of our 50 year legacy of working for reproductive rights, the current reality—of shrinking access to abortion and other attacks on individual reproductive and sexual decision-making—means that we need a new strategy.
The UUA’s recent Congregational Study/Action Issues (CSAI) commitment to reproductive justice marks a shift in our strategy. Led by coalitions of women of color, we join a movement that makes justice its goal. Beyond the simple legal right to abortion, we step out of our issue silos and fight together for the conditions needed for every person to realize their full humanity on issues of reproduction, family, and sexuality.
May we have the courage and vision to be another prophetic generation. Our voices were never so needed.
Celebrate these Prophetic Generations!
This fall, join congregations nationwide in marking the 50th Anniversary by using any or all of the following resources:
- Children’s Story: Mi Abuelita by Tony Johnston, Harcourt Children’s Books. The story is about a Latina grandmother who is a storyteller. The story is less about justice or reproductive health than it is about our call to take loving care of each other, the multicultural nature of the reproductive justice movement, and the way that values and culture are passed between generations.
- Hymn: Singing the Living Tradition #318, “We Would Be One”
- Sermon Topic: Use this Prophetic Generations Sermon Guide (PDF) or other resources for ministers (PDF). Join the Clergy Caucus on Reproductive Justice.
- Benediction: Singing the Living Tradition #701 by Sara Moores Campbell (Sarah York)
- Multigenerational Coffee Hour Advocacy: For children, youth, families, and adults, offered in partnership with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. Send these “appointment cards” to your Representative, reminding them that all people should be able to access timely, quality health care. Download directions (PDF) for the activity, the appointment card template (PDF), and the 1-page issue brief (PDF).
Send us photos and reflections from your events! Contact socialjustice [at] uua [dot] org.
Offer the Curriculum! Introduce your congregation to reproductive justice via this six-session learning tool, organized by Unitarian Universalist (UU) theological themes. Offer it for your neighboring congregations or others in your community.
Join the Network! With alternating monthly webinars and phone calls, supplemented with action alerts and other resources, we are building a network of reproductive justice advocates across the country and in your state/district. We need you!