Racial Justice & Anti-oppression work
Adopted 8th Principle
On June 13, 2021, the members of East Shore Unitarian Church voted overwhelmingly to adopt the 8th Principle.
In doing so, we became one of the first 100 congregations to adopt this principle.
“We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”
The mission of our 8th Principle Ministry Team is to create a Beloved Community within East Shore Unitarian Church and in the wider world. We actively and accountably work to address racial justice issues and all forms of oppression in ourselves and in our church as well as in our eastside community and beyond.
This team meets Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. Contact Nicole for the information.
Join us for one of our upcoming events as we live our values!
Black Lives Matter Flash Stances
Inspired by his 2015 trip to Selma, AL to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March, church member Manuel (Manny) Brown felt called to action. He was further inspired when he attended the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly (yearly UU convention) a few months later when our governing body urged UUs across our country to support the Black Lives Matter Movement. Since then, a group of members meets most Sundays all over the eastside to share the message and spark conversations.
If you are interested in learning more about indigenous-settler history and the challenges indigenous communities currently face, consider joining a subgroup of the 8th Principle Team. We are currently brainstorming ideas for programs, field trips, speakers, actions, and discussion groups for books and films. We welcome your presence and ideas! For the next several months, we will meet on zoom every other Thursday at 5:30 p.m. to share ideas, resources and reflections.
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Our 8th Principle Work
For testimonials from our members on why we support the 8th Principle, watch the video below (you will see 8 testimonials) or find them on our YouTube Channel.
by Ryam Hill My first memory of racial injustice was on TV in 1963. I was 9 years old and couldn't believe what I was seeing. People who looked (to me) just like my parents and classmates were being...
I have been doing “diversity” work for two decades, feeling a moral imperative to help create justice in our world. It wasn’t until I came to East Shore that I learned that this is spiritual work –...
When I was 12 my brother went to Italy and an exchange student from Uganda came to be my big brother. 50 people in my town outraged my parents with a petition that he not come because he was...
News & Opinion Pieces
I wanted to share with the congregation the publication of the Red Road Mural coloring book. I feel tremendously grateful and blessed to have been invited to participate in the creation of such a...
This Memorial Day we are in mourning for too many. The first Memorial Day was held in Charleston SC in 1865 by former slaves to honor the Union soldiers who had freed them from chattel slavery, one...
In response to the tragic shooting in Buffalo, NY, the East Shore Unitarian Church reaffirms its commitment to anti-racism and calls on the United States to confront its racist history and dismantle...