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Declaration of Conscience
At this extraordinary time in our nation’s history, we are called to affirm our profound commitment to the fundamental principles of justice, equity and compassion, to truth and core values of American society.
In the face of looming threats to immigrants, Muslims, people of color, and the LGBTQ community and the rise of hate speech, harassment and hate crimes, we affirm our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
In opposition to any steps to undermine the right of every citizen to vote or to turn back advances in access to health care and reproductive rights, we affirm our commitment to justice and compassion in human relations.
And against actions to weaken or eliminate initiatives to address the threat of climate change – actions that would threaten not only our country but the entire planet – we affirm our unyielding commitment to protect the interdependent web of all existence.
We will oppose any and all unjust government actions to deport, register, discriminate, or despoil.
As people of conscience, we declare our commitment to translate our values into action as we stand on the side of love with the most vulnerable among us.
We welcome and invite all to join in this commitment for justice.
The time is now.
NEW - Racial Justice Action Team
Mission and Purpose Statement
Mission: To provide interested congregants of First UU a method of focus and involvement with racial justice in our local, national, and international communities.
Purpose: To provide opportunities for education about racial justice and to support and participate in racial justice actions.
The goals of the Racial Justice Action Team are to:
- Facilitate opportunities for education and exploration of racial justice issues within the congregation of First UU.
- Provide opportunities to interested congregants to advocate for racial justice in the Springfield community.
- Support the racial justice advocacy of members of our church and of our larger community, by communicating information on community events focused on racial justice.
- Support actions in the community by organizations who are striving for racial justice. This may include meeting space for groups, events, and fundraisers. This may also include media support, volunteer recruitment, or other support, as needed.
It is our belief that racial justice is a vital component of a social justice program and the practice of our Seven Principles. It is our goal that the First UU Church of Springfield be recognized in the community as a church strongly committed to racial justice, a safe and supportive place for advocacy efforts, and that we Side With Love on issues of social justice.