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UU Congregational Leaders:
In my role as a member of the Board of Trustees and Secretary of the UUA, I
am writing to notify congregational ministers and leadership of a resolution
passed on June 25, 2006, by the delegates at the General Assembly in St. Louis.
The text of this resolution is the following:
"Resolved, that the Delegates to General Assembly are charged to work with
their congregations to hold at least one program over the next year to address
racism or classism, and to report on that program at next year's General
The bylaws of the UUA provide for responsive resolutions in
response to a substantive portion of a report delivered at the GA either by an
officer of the Association or a committee. The resolution above was moved and
passed in response to reports presented by officers at the 2006 GA and the report of the
Special Review Commission appointed by the UUA President and Moderator to
review the events surrounding the 2005 General Assembly in Fort Worth, Texas.
Both the relevant 2006 officers' reports and the Special Review Commission
report concerned events at the General Assemblies that affected Unitarian
Universalist communities of color, especially youth of color.
Some of our member congregations have done significant work on issues of
racism, classism, and multiculturalism using resources provided by both the UUA
and other sources of expertise. If your congregation has done such work, this
resolution provides an opportunity to share your efforts and accomplishments
with other congregations in your cluster or district so they can benefit from
your experience. Resources and suggestions
for programs provided by the UUA can be found online.
This resolution was not on the GA agenda. It was written by a GA delegate,
offered as a responsive resolution, and overwhelmingly supported by the
delegates from over 600 UU congregations. I urge you to use this resolution as
an opportunity to reflect on how your congregation is engaging with the issues
of anti-racism, anti-oppression, and multiculturalism. When delegates
representing our congregations gather at 2007 General Assembly in Portland,
Oregon, we will have an opportunity to share our experiences in
congregationally-based programs on issues of racism and classism.
As we approach the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we are reminded
that racism and classism remain problems in our society that we, as people of
faith, are called to address. Our experiences together in community show that we
have much work to do to live our UU principles more fully.
Paul Rickter UUA Secretary
For more information contact responsiveresolution06 @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Friday, July 29, 2011.
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