"We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward 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.”
Special thanks to Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for their amazing webpage with the above reimagined 8th Principle words!
This is central to who we are as UUs. This is not a designated social justice issue, but basic to our theology. Our spiritual wholeness is only possible by ending racism. This is why we affirm and promote Principles 1,2, 5, 6 & 7. We can be spiritually whole only when there is racial equity.
The absence of conflict in our congregations doesn’t make us a Beloved Community. Silence about ‘who belongs’ doesn’t make us a Beloved Community. It has to be a deliberate and conscious effort to dismantle our racist culture within us as individuals and as a religious institution.
Without accountability our best intentions easily become just platitudes. It is a coming together, we are not just here to save others. We are accountable to BIPOC because we believe in their inherent worth and dignity just as much as that of White people. We will remain steady in this belief with our hearts and our actions.
Dismantling the racism of White Supremacy Culture will positively affect the end of other oppressions.