The UUCF Second Principle Project launched in October 2016. The project is designed to help UUCF live our commitment to the Unitarian Universalist Second Principle by affirming and promoting justice, equity and compassion in human relations between all people. We plan to do this by examining ourselves, confronting biases, dismantling constructs, encouraging discomfort and claiming our identities as courageous people of faith.
UUCF Second Principle Project goals
- Explore and improve individual and congregational intercultural understanding, sensitivity, competency and welcoming.
- Expose privilege and white supremacy and increase congregational understanding, acknowledgment and sensitivity to the impact of white supremacy on the lives of people of color and on all people.
- Demonstrate that UUCF is an ally, witness and advocate in this historic movement for racial justice.
- Increase awareness of UUCF’s strategic racial justice goal – to Intentionally grow our cultural competency in ways that challenge our comfort, expand our awareness and promote social and spiritual healing.
Increasing diversity is a deeply cherished outcome for this congregation, and UUCF leadership hopes that in reaching these goals, diversity will follow.
Why does UUCF need a Second Principle Project?
The evidence of systemic racism in our culture is simply overwhelming. It is one of the major issues threatening American civil rights in the 21st Century. We Unitarian Universalists cannot stand by in the face of this social condition and remain faithful to our Second Principle – to affirm and promote justice, equity and compassion in human relations.
What are the elements of the project?
- Education and training – Through training, small group engagement, worship and music enhancement, and other strategies. Examples: the UUCF Racial Justice Book Group and the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Building Authentic Diversity workshop hosted here at UUCF.
- Service – by developing service projects and events that expose congregants to systemic racism and bias and its effects on society, including enhancing and expanding UUCF’s work with Beacon House ministries. Example: projects that expose the school-to-prison pipeline for people of color.
- Partnerships – By reinforcing and fostering UUCF’s relationship with Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ); identifying local faith-based and other organizations engaged in racial justice work that we could partner with in advocacy, witness and service; and reaching out and building relationships and work with communities of accountability, communities of color. Example: partnering with one of the many groups in Washington, DC, working to educate the community about underserved communities and displacement, such as DC Justice Tours.
- Advocacy and witness – Explore ways to show support for racial justice. Exploration includes congregational forums and small groups.
Who has initiated and endorsed the Second Principle Project?
UUCF’s Racial Justice Steering Committee (RJSC), a subgroup of the Social Justice Council, was constituted after last year’s 30 Days of Love project. The RJSC proposed the project and the UUCF Board of Directors, Coordinating Team, Lay Ministers Council, clergy and staff have endorsed it, including the intention to display a Black Lives Matter banner.
What is the project length?
2-3 years, starting in October 2016.
Interested in working on the project?
The Racial Justice Steering Committee welcomes anyone interested in furthering the goals of the Second Principle Project. Please contact Kaye Cook for more information.