Unitarian Universalist Association: New England Region

Beyond Debate

By Meck Groot

Unitarian Universalist Association:  New England Region

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Among the points of public controversy within Unitarian Universalism right now, is the term white supremacy….Throughout the history of UU there are those who have worked long and hard to address white supremacy both within and beyond the association.  Throughout that struggle, there has also been debate about the need to do so, the approach and strategies used, who had access to resources, what standards are deemed acceptable, how decisions are made, who makes them and on whose behalf.  These debates are common to all movements for justice….What if we took up the invitation to explore together across our differences, with open minds and open hearts, what some Unitarian Universalists of color are telling us about patterns of inclusion and exclusion within our institutions?

More than 30 years ago, Audre Lorde wrote:

          Change means growth, and growth can be painful.  But we sharpen self-definition by exposing the self in work and struggle together with those whom we define as different from ourselves, although sharing the same goals.  For Black and white, old and young, lesbian and heterosexual women alike, this means new paths to our survival….

Friends, we belong to one another despite any and all of our differences.  What this current crisis/opportunity is named in the years ahead will depend on whether Unitarian Universalists are collectively willing to risk change in order to more fully become a faith that belongs to and reflects all of us.