On February 13, 2022, our congregation held a special meeting to consider adopting the 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism. The vote was in favor of adopting the following: “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 oppression in ourselves and our institutions.” (NOTE: The Principles of the UUA may be enfolded into the proposed Article 2 revision slated for a future vote on adoption. For more information, reference: uua.org/uuagovernance/committees/article-ii-study-commission/final-proposed-revision-article-ii) 

The UCM Racial Justice Group actively promoted this adoption by providing educational materials and advocacy activities; this is just one of the efforts of this group in recent years. We have, as well, sponsored church events in collaboration with other advocacy groups and people of color, suggested BIPOC recipients of our Community Pouch, and provided information about activities promoting racial justice in our larger Vermont community. One of our members participated in the Alabama Living Legacy Pilgrimage in November, 2023 with Rev. Joan and another church member. 

We are a dynamic group committed to the cause of racial justice and welcome others to join us. Meetings are held on the same day/time monthly, and active participation by group members in meetings and events is highly encouraged. 

For more information about the group or becoming a member, visit the Membership & Hospitality Table at Coffee Hour following Sunday Services. Activity announcements can be found in the weekly UCM e-News

Links to some organizations of interest: 

https:/www.livinglegacypilgrimage.org/ (Living Legacy Project)

https:/viavt.org/ (Vermont Interfaith Action) 

https://www.facebook.com/CVtSURJ (Local chapter of Showing Up For Racial Justice)

https://www.vtnetwork.org/anti-racism-resources/ (Anti-racism Resources by the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence)