UUSS Racial Justice Comte. – Open Meeting Sunday, Dec. 11
Posted by Sarah Turner
Posted on November 23, 2016
As Unitarian Universalists, we affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Our spiritual tradition is built upon justice, equity, and compassion. As recent events in the world show, including here in Sacramento, racism is an injurious system of thought and oppression which continues to devalue and marginalize people of color.
In recent months, our congregation held meetings to listen to views and fears about the painful experiences of African-Americans. We focused, in particular, on an immediate cultural issue covered in the media: the killing of African-Americans. From our belief system, we have been appalled and frightened by the violence and death being suffered by African-Americans in communities around the country. But, we have also been inspired. We wanted to do something to bring the transforming power of love to the situation.
You may have seen the banner near the service entrance to our campus, visible from Sierra Boulevard. With our statement, “Black lives matter here,” we stand with others who see the toll that racism takes on all of us. We intend the banner to be an act of healing, bringing balance to the pathological structure of racism in which one group’s positive sense of self is based on the negative sense of another’s. Beyond words, we value Black lives, not as a race of oppressed victims, but as individuals who matter for the singular presence and gifts that only they can bring.
Because all lives matter, and because racism impacts all people of color, the UUSS Racial Justice Committee is devoted to creating a just modern world in which everyone has an equitable opportunity to contribute and thrive. To this end, please join us in the Sanctuary after Sunday service for our
FIRST OPEN MEETING
Sunday, December 11th
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Why We Gather
To connect with other like-minded people and brainstorm ideas to deepen our participation in racial justice and be a force for healing in the world.