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.
Afghan Refugee Relief
In response to a number of Afghan refugee families settling in the Puget Sound area, East Shore is committed to assisting MAPS-MCRC in gathering appropriate household items for them.
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.
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...
We ask the Board to place the 8th Principle on the Annual Meeting ballot. We ask the Board to endorse passage of the 8th Principle. Over 40 congregations have done so in a national grassroots...
The existing seven principles of Unitarian Universalism describe what we are striving for, our guiding lights, what we are journeying toward. Supporting the 8th Principle also means covenanting to...
News & Opinion Pieces
Recently, East Shore joined more than 125 local and national groups in exposing and condemning a local non-profit group formed just this year, Alliance for Persecuted Peoples Worldwide (APPWW), that...
I love my East Shore- its people, the opportunity to express myself fully, a place to grow spiritually. I grieve when it is in need of healing. Recently more than ever, I have been trying to see my...
East Shore reads is preparing for fall and wants to hear from you! We have three great books you can start reading now! August East Shore Reads: One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson Marcy Langrock...
As more and more of you are starting and continuing conversations about racism in America, Beloved Racial Justice and Right Relations wanted to offer these resources for growing. These groups as...
Taken from the Annual Report: Black Lives Matter, and there are many ways for us to be involved – as a church community and individually. There are books to read, movies to watch, and events we can...
The organizers of our Black Lives Matter Flash Stances are starting the gatherings again… with safety protocols in place. Everyone must wear a mask. Please plan to bring your own sign. No one...