Social Justice

Rev. Emily and Director of Religious Education Barbara Handley at a justice event, General Assembly 2017.

The heart of Unitarian Universalism is the call to social justice.  Our long history is filled with abolitionists, suffragists, reformers and activists.  Unitarian Universalism is more like a “movement” than it is a religion or a church in the traditional sense. The first principle of Unitarian Universalism is the inherent worth and dignity of all people.  The seventh principle is the respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.  From these two principle which serve as the pillars supporting the other five, we are moved to take action when we face those situations where the inherent worth and dignity of individuals or the web of life are not being respected.

That being said, it is equally important to remember the last part of “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”  Social Justice begins at home, it begins with recognizing our own inherent worth and dignity and nurturing love of self.  Because we are connected to the entire web of life, self care is not selfishness. Self care is the foundation form which we are called mend the interdependent web of existence in the only way possible, one strand at a time.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Midland promotes many local, national, and international causes though some individual members may not agree with all of them.  That is as it should be.  We are a diverse congregation and we don’t always agree, however we are committed to disagree in love.  The 16th Century Unitarian theologian Francis David once said, “We do not have think alike to love alike.”  This is equally true of our spiritual beliefs as it is our social justice concerns.