“Unite to Fight Racism” is the driving force behind the Anti-Racism Committee. Racism is the belief that a particular race is superior or inferior to another, that a person’s social and moral traits are predetermined by his or her inborn biological characteristics. Racial separation is the belief, most of the time based on racism, that different races should remain segregated and apart from one another.
Anti-racism refers to a form of action against racial hatred, bias, systemic racism, and the oppression of marginalized groups. The ARC’s mission is to:
Continue to transform MVUC into an Anti-Racism community and to identify actions that can be taken
to dismantle white supremacy and structural racism
As Unitarian Universalists, we affirm and promote seven principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides:
1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
We live out our Covenant and these Principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal.
“Unite to Fight Racism” is the driving force behind the ARC, to inspire people to come together to take action against racial injustice. We will accomplish this goal through:
- Education — working to educate our MVUC community about how to become more effective anti-racist allies
- Witness — publicly standing in solidarity with others who are supporting racial equity and justice
- Service — working collaboratively with community organizations engaged in social justice activities
- Advocacy — engaging with political leaders to actively encourage legislative changes that promote racial equity and justice
- Protest — engaging in direct action in our community to bring attention to the need for such changes with political leaders and activists for political change