Building up towards the General Assembly 2018, the members of the Commission on Institutional Change (COIC) decided that as a faith community, we should be centering theology and faith work as we moved into a deeper engagement with the charge received from the Board of Trustees in GA 2017. As an entry point to this task, the COIC convened a panel around the question: How do we bring to the center the task of addressing White Supremacy within our Institution and congregations, our shared religious values, traditions, and perspective? Engaging this question also lead to a second question: Can we call for the reinvigoration of Unitarian Universalist theology as a theological option committed to promoting equity as a spiritual value? To this end, during GA 2018, the Commission brought together theologian Sharon Welch, historian Dan McKanan, and ethicists Sofia Betancourt and Elías Ortega-Aponte to address these and related questions in the hopes to ignite this conversation.
In making the recording of this panel available, and providing a series of questions for discussion, the Commission on Institutional Change hopes that they serve as a starting point for deep engagements with the theological inheritance of our tradition. In our 4th Shared Principle, we declare a commitment to the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. In the spirit of this principle, we offer these materials, not as finish statements but as entry points for further discussion.
These questions are designed broadly in order to inspire discussion and to help reveal what is on the hearts and in the minds of Unitarian Universalists about the essence of who we are as a faith movement and who we want to become. The Commission on Institutional Change has provided the above discussion guide and more on its congregational resource page. The Commission invites you to join in on the conversation!