UUCW Board has endorsed and called for congregational approval for two resolutions from Social Action Council regarding our work to become a more inclusive and welcoming congregation by working to dismantle our white supremacy culture. We anticipate a virtual congregational vote in late October 2020.
The current pandemic limits our ability to discuss these resolutions and respond to your questions and comments in person. So, in preparation for the vote, the Board and Social Action Council would appreciate hearing your feedback, questions, and comments about them using the Survey link below. This information will enable us to gauge congregational support and respond appropriately with online discussions and written materials to aid in your decision-making. Please take a few minutes to respond to the survey. We need everybody’s voice to be included.
Read more information about the rationale and background for each of the resolutions below.
Resolution 1 – Adding a UUA 8th Principle
UUCW supports the addition of an 8th Principle to the current UUA Principles calling for “Journeying towards spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”
Read about the background and reasons for this proposed 8th Principle.
UUCW support, along with that of other UU congregations, will help advance this proposed 8th Principle, as written, for discussion and amendment by UUA committees and the General Assembly before it comes to a vote, as provided for in the UUA By-laws. The UUA principles are meant to be a “living document” to be regularly reviewed and updated as needed.
Resolution 2 – Commitment to Beloved Community by Dismantling White Supremacy Culture at UUCW
UUCW will continue the commitment we made in Jan. 2016 to support Black Lives Matter by engaging in an on-going examination and dismantling of white supremacy culture within our congregation with the goal of becoming a more inclusive and welcoming congregation.
Read about the background and reasons for this resolution of commitment and some of the UU and racial justice resources it draws on here.