Racial Justice

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.”

Our Mission

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.

Upcoming Events

Join us for one of our upcoming events as we live our values!

Our Initiatives

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.

Indigenous Connections

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.

Resources

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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.

Why I Will Vote for the 8th Principle

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...

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Why I Support the 8th Principle

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 –...

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Why I Support the 8th Principle

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...

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News & Opinion Pieces

Beloved Conversations Within & Among

Are you interested in participating in Beloved Conversations? There are two opportunities! Beloved Conversations—the signature offering of The Fahs Collaborative at Meadville Lombard Theological...

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Board Buzz: The 8th Principle

As a member of your Board of Trustees, I am writing to talk about a “milestone” congregational initiative. The Board is to be considering this initiative to support ESUC in its journey of becoming...

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