Recent events have shown us once again the need to reckon with our racial divide, how our history has impacted black, indigenous, and people of color and continues to do so now. Examining our culture and institutions is the work that we are called to now, centering the voices of those who have been sidelined for so long.
As Unitarian Universalists gather next week for our virtual General Assembly (GA), one of the topics for discussion will be dismantling white supremacy in our faith tradition. For more information, please check out and follow the UUA Commission on Institutional Change. The Commission will be presenting more about their findings and proposed changes during GA next week. What we receive their report and what we do with the recommendations will define who we are now and into the future.
Unitarian Universalists join many other faiths seeking to examine our cultures and institutions. For many of us, our values and spirituality demand that we engage with oppression and work to dismantle the structures that cause oppression.
I have been inspired by the writing of Rev. Lenny Duncan, a black Lutheran minister who has challenged Lutherans and Christians to continue the work that Jesus started. He also has something to say about the religious response to COVID-19 and what that looks like through the lens of racial justice. You can read an interview with Rev. Duncan here.
Please do not make the mistake of assuming that it is others (Christians, etc.) who have work to do for racial justice. It is all of us and will take all of us. In the weeks to come, we at OUUC will be in conversation about how we can engage further. Please join the conversation about how we move forward-locally, denominationally, nationally, globally. There are many paths, just pick one and begin or continue the journey.
Blessings on your week,
P.S. The Mid-week Meditation invites you to reflect through writing. Grab paper and something to write with and join me.