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Moral Position on
Racial and Ethnic Equality
(Passed at a Congregational Meeting on January 29, 2017)

We, the members of the First Unitarian Church of San José, do hereby covenant to affirm and promote this Moral Position on Racial and Ethnic Equity:

WHEREAS we affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person;

WHEREAS we affirm and promote justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;

WHEREAS the two Unitarian Universalist Principles stated above compel us to: (1) denounce past injustices, such as slavery, genocide of Native American people and culture, and internment of Japanese Americans; and (2) denounce ongoing injustices, such as profiling, de facto segregation, white supremacy, white privilege, and all other forms of racial and ethnic oppression;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that we commit ourselves to building the beloved community of racial and ethnic equity and to dismantling systems of racial and ethnic oppression in ourselves, in our congregation, in our community, in our nation, and in our world.

The following statement, passed by the Board of Trustees on March 2, 2017, relies on the above Moral Position.

Statement in Support of the First Unitarian Church of San José’s Moral Position on Racial and Ethnic Equity as it Pertains to Executive Order: Protecting Our Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.

The First Unitarian Church of San José has a history of challenging racial, ethnic, and religious hate and acts of oppression.

WHEREAS, the First Unitarian Church, in an official congregational meeting on January 29, 2017, passed the Moral Position on Racial and Ethnic Equity, and

WHEREAS, our 3rd Unitarian Universalist Source calls us to honor the wisdom from the world’s religions, which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual lives, and

WHEREAS, the Unitarian Universalist Association, the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the Islamic Networks Group and the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council have issued statements attesting that the core values of the United States are sullied by executive orders which identify national origin or religious affiliation as grounds for exclusion from entry to the United States;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the First Unitarian Church of San José denounces this action barring individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries and stands in solidarity with our Muslim neighbors and all those who support them.

Questions or comments? Contact uusj-Moral-Positions@yahoogroups.com

We are Unitarians, so what do we celebrate?
We celebrate the faithful way of love, freedom and truth.
We celebrate the message of tolerance and equality.
We celebrate all missions to unite faiths, cultures and peoples in the face of division and exclusion.

- Sebastian Steed