Racial Justice Initiative

8th Principle Adopted; Summer Workshop and Reading List

On Sunday, June 3, 2018 our UUCWC congregation voted by a supermajority to adopt the 8th Principle. This vote is an important step in our congregation’s racial justice journey which began back in the 1960’s. Where our collective journey goes from here depends on all of us living into this principle in our own way. … Continued

RJI Praxis Group Update – June 2018

8. Institutional Transformation The congregation engages in critical self-assessment and seeks outside consultation to ensure that power structures and practices align with stated racial justice values and make space for diverse leadership and participation. Our April Praxis area was Institutional Transformation. We will have one more submission for CrossCurrents that will summarize our final two … Continued

Consideration of a Proposed 8th Principle

At the June congregational meeting we will be voting on whether we should affirm and hence adopt the proposed 8th principle. An 8th principle was drafted by Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) and reads: We covenant to affirm and promote: Journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by … Continued

Update from the Racial Justice Initiative Praxis Group – May 2018

by Dan Tuft, Co-Chair 7. Political Education, Study and Training The congregation offers regular opportunities for members to learn about justice issues, gain concrete skills, and develop political analysis The above assessment point was the focus of our March, 2018 Praxis Group meeting. The Praxis Group supports the adoption of the 8th Principle ( www.8thprincipleuu.org) … Continued

RJI Praxis Group Update – April 2018

2. Service and Solidarity. The congregation offers concrete support and service to resource movements for racial justice, allowing frontline communities to strategically channel their energy and resources into Leadership. The above assessment point was the focus of our February 2018 Praxis Group meeting. This year UUCWC began supporting Black Lives Matter Trenton in their Books … Continued

Racial Justice Study Group – Feb. 26

The first discussion and organizational meeting of the Racial Justice Study Group will be on Monday, February 26, 7pm – 9pm. (Bring your dinner if you have difficulty making that time slot). This group will meet monthly to learn about racial injustices and formulate ideas to work to remedy them.  A book selected by the … Continued

Update from the Racial Justice Initiative Praxis Group, February 2018

5. Theological Reflection. The congregation sees racial justice work as a natural expression their tradition’s values and beliefs, can articulate a theology of racial justice, and are able to evaluate issues and actions through the lens of their faith. The above assessment point was the focus of our December 2017 Praxis Group meeting and it … Continued

Update from the Racial Justice Initiative and Praxis Group – January 2018

Our November 2017 Praxis Group meeting focused on Public Witness and Prophetic Voice. Basically, how are we as a community demonstrating our commitment to act to dismantle racial injustice as an integral part of our UU values? Our conversation at first focused on our practice of participating in public demonstration of our support for racial … Continued

Racial Justice Initiative Newsletter – Winter 2018

UUCWC RACIAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE NEWSLETTER – WINTER 2018 The latest Racial Justice Initiative newsletter is also available to download as a PDF or Word document. An 8th Unitarian Universalist Principle is Proposed Nathalie Edmond, Co-Chair of the Racial Justice Initiative I am writing this article from my multiple identities, values and commitments. Some of my identities- … Continued