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  • 2019 Action of Immediate Witness
    WHEREAS, the movement for Palestinian human rights has grown stronger in recent years with student groups, faith groups, unions and academic associations all supporting Palestinian justice, and in many cases calling for boycotts of and divestment from corporations complicit in violation of...
  • 2018 Action of Immediate Witness
    BECAUSE Unitarian Universalists recognize the humanity, worth, and dignity of all people within and outside of our membership; BECAUSE UUs...
  • 2016 Action of Immediate Witness
    As the United States engages in a national discussion on ending gun violence, tragedy continues. The recent attack at the Pulse nightclub...
  • 2014 Action of Immediate Witness
    BECAUSE our Unitarian Universalist principles, faith and values call us to witness and advocate for human worth and dignity, justice,...
  • 1973 General Resolution
    WHEREAS, today's society appears to worship youth and neglect the talent and problems of its elderly citizens; BE IT RESOLVED: That the...
  • 2013 Action of Immediate Witness
    BECAUSE Unitarian Universalists believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every human person, and in the use of the democratic process...
  • 2013 Action of Immediate Witness
    WHEREAS , programs such as the “War on Drugs” and practices such as “Stop and Frisk” are actively used by police to harass and oppress...
  • 2013 Statement of Conscience
    A belief in “the inherent worth and dignity of every person” is core to Unitarian Universalism: every person, no exceptions. As religious...
  • 1971 General Resolution
    WHEREAS, the Unitarian Universalist Association opposes any kind of surveillance of private citizens or government employees; and WHEREAS,...
  • 2004 Statement of Conscience
    Preamble Liberty is at the core of our Unitarian Universalist faith. Civil liberties are at the heart of our American experiment in...
  • 1963 General Resolution
    WHEREAS, the United States is founded on the principles of individual rights and civil liberties, embodied in the Bill of Rights of the...
  • 1962 General Resolution
    WHEREAS, segregation and discrimination wherever practiced continue to be a matter of major national and international concern and reflect...
  • 1974 General Resolution
    WHEREAS, at this time, even though there has been no execution in the United States for the past seven years, twenty-eight states have...
  • 1989 Resolution of Immediate Witness
    WHEREAS, the 1989 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association has passed a resolution entitled AIDS/HIV CRISIS that condemns...
  • 1989 Resolution of Immediate Witness
    BECAUSE, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association covenant to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity...
  • 1990 Resolution of Immediate Witness
    GUIDED by the Unitarian Universalist Association's commitment to justice, equity, and compassion in human relations and the inherent worth...
  • 1996 Resolution of Immediate Witness
    WHEREAS acts of desecration and destruction, including vandalism, fire bombing, and arson, have been perpetrated against more than 60...
  • 1991 Resolution of Immediate Witness
    WHEREAS the Supreme Court of the United States on May 23, l99l, upheld a Bush Administration regulation which withholds all funding...
  • 1986 Resolution of Immediate Witness
    WHEREAS, the Bylaws of the Unitarian Universalist Association affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and justice, equity...
  • 2011 Action of Immediate Witness
    BECAUSE Unitarian Universalists (UUs) believe in the “inherent worth and dignity of every person,” and in the “use of the democratic...
  • 2011 Action of Immediate Witness
    BECAUSE Unitarian Universalist Principles affirm the goal of a just community, representing unity in our multiracial world; WHEREAS the...
  • 2009 Responsive Resolution
    In response to the changes to Article II reported by the Commission on Appraisal and subsequent discussion of those recommendations at this...
  • 2009 Responsive Resolution
    The 2009 General Assembly of the UUA [Unitarian Universalist Association] strongly urges the UUA Board of Trustees to facilitate a...
  • 2009 Responsive Resolution
    WHEREAS the Commission on Appraisal submitted a proposal to amend Article II after a period of study and review as allowed by Article XV...
  • 2009 Responsive Resolution
    WHEREAS the Opening Worship at the 2009 GA [General Assembly] reported on President Sinkford’s Pilgrimage to Africa and celebrated a new...
  • 2009 Action of Immediate Witness
    WHEREAS the first and sixth Unitarian Universalist [UU] Principles affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person and...
  • 2009 Action of Immediate Witness
    BECAUSE one of our core Principles as Unitarian Universalists is our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of all persons; and WHEREAS...
  • 2009 Action of Immediate Witness
    BECAUSE Bolivian Olga Flores Bedregal, who helped found a UU [Unitarian Universalist] congregation in La Paz, had a brother, Carlos Flores Bedregal, who disappeared at the hands of the military dictatorship in 1980; and ...
  • 2009 Action of Immediate Witness
    As we support the struggles of the Iranian people to have their voices heard and their votes counted, we must ensure the same for voters in...
  • 2007 Responsive Resolution
    President Sinkford asked, "What are our truths? To whom must we be reconciled?" We have many stories to uncover—genocide, slavery,...
  • 2007 Action of Immediate Witness
    BECAUSE one of our core Unitarian Universalist principles is our belief in and affirmation of the inherent worth and dignity of all persons...
  • 2007 Responsive Resolution
    We urge Unitarian Universalists to seek insight into problems experienced by communities of color regarding voting. We make this resolution...
  • 1978 Business Resolution
    WHEREAS, the 1977 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association adopted a general resolution on the Equal Rights Amendment,...
  • 1978 General Resolution
    WHEREAS, the heritage of religious freedom extends into the nature of life and destiny; and WHEREAS, through advances in science and...
  • 1978 General Resolution
    WHEREAS, in the course of many illnesses when a person faces imminent death, a point is reached when medical science can offer no further...
  • 1977 Business Resolution
    WHEREAS, there are millions of persons in the United States and Canada who are blind, deaf, physically or mentally disabled, or otherwise...
  • 1978 General Resolution
    WHEREAS, community-based correctional programs (probation, parole, pretrial intervention, halfway houses, work releases, etc.) are...
  • 1977 Business Resolution
    WHEREAS, the Commission on Appraisal has studied the representative nature of the General Assembly; and WHEREAS, we ourselves...
  • 1977 Business Resolution
    WHEREAS, currently there are efforts being made to insert the creation story of Genesis into public school science textbooks; and WHEREAS,...
  • 1977 Business Resolution
    WHEREAS, since March 4, 1977, several states, including Florida, Illinois, Georgia, and Arizona, have considered and not passed the Equal...
  • 1977 General Resolution
    WHEREAS, an amendment to the United States Constitution to provide equal rights for women has been ratified by thirty-five states; and...
  • 1977 General Resolution
    WHEREAS, the majority of the American people now know that the United States intervention in the war in Vietnam was wrong, and was, in fact...

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