Social Justice

Our Initiatives

Black Lives MatterIn the summer of 2016 SOS!Justice initiated a request to church leadership that our church join many other Unitarian Universalist congregations and the UU Association in showing our support of racial justice by displaying a banner affirming that Black Lives Matter.  The Church leadership board requested that we organize a process of congregational education and engagement.  These activities began in the Fall of 2016. 

The following Spring our congregation agreed to raise the Black Lives Matter banner along with the UU Side with Love banner and the LGBTQ rainbow flag. 

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Me TooIn July of 2017 our Social Justice group committed to work on promoting equality and justice for all women. We began to focus on actions to help end patriarchal sexism, racism, misogyny and the silencing of women's voices and autonomy.  Although we chose our focus before the 2017/2018 explosion of #MeToo accounts of sexual assault and harassment, our work is well aligned within that frame’s core message of finding our voices, telling our stories and healing. 

 Our purpose was to include and promote the equal valuing of women and girls’ presence, voices, spirituality, opportunities, achievements and safety, both in our church and our greater community.  Our work is grounded in our Unitarian Universalist Principles of justice, equity and compassion in human relations and the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

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IntersectionalityAs Audre Lorde said:  “There's always someone asking you to underline one piece of yourself - whether it's Black, woman, mother, dyke, teacher, etc. - because that's the piece that they need to key in to. They want to dismiss everything else.”

Our focus in this set of activities was on the multi-faceted and intersectional ways that systems of oppression operate, are internalized by all of us, and affect us all.  Each activity was open to the congregation and to the community at large.

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Voter RegistrationBy longstanding tradition and history, Unitarians and Universalists separately and now in combination, have raised our voices in support of social justice.  In this section we describe several of our Fall 2018 initiatives to raise our collective voice, engage in public witness, and make a difference to the world in which we live. 

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