Exploring Racial Justice Reflection of the Week

As the Exploring Racial Justice Task Force moves into the new programming year, we invite you to reflect on the spiritual and healing dimension of working toward racial justice in weekly reflections by UU theologians and others. We hope to offer perspective on the current Black Lives Matter movement that goes beyond the headlines, and share opportunities to engage in the work of racial justice. To learn more about the Straw Poll we conducted in May, see the most recent Tapestry article (see page 9).

Race is a spiritual reality “…although race is not a biological reality, it is a spiritual reality, and it is spiritually deadly to everyone. Unitarian Universalists, I believe, are well situated to hear and understand this message. We are people who believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We are people whose hymns proclaim ‘we will all do our own naming.’ We are people who believe in free will, in choice, in the sacredness of self-definition, in the holiness of self-reliance, in the value of being self-directed, in the political right and the spiritual necessity of self-determination, in the integrity of the individual, in the inviolable rights of all people to make decisions about who they want to be, what they want to believe, and how they want to live. For us, that is what it means to be spiritually alive.”

Joshua Mason Pawelek, “Racism and Spiritual Death in the United States of America,” sermon delivered at the Unitarian Universalist Society: East Manchester on January 15, 2006