Making a Difference
Our Imperative for Social & Environmental Justice
As Unitarian Universalists, we covenant to work for a democratic, peaceful, equitable and earth-friendly world. Justice is the “public form of love.”
Unitarian Universalists have a long history of social justice activity stemming from the earliest days of Unitarianism and Universalism. We feel a responsibility as a religious community to stand up for people who are oppressed, to speak out for equality, and to safeguard the Earth. It is impossible to separate our faith from our work for social justice.
The imperative for Social Justice stems directly from three of the Six Sources of our faith:
Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves.
The “Golden Rule” — a precept found in most of the world’s religions — teaches us that we cannot live for ourselves alone, but must love our neighbor as ourselves.
Our Seven Principles speak directly to the obligation to care for our neighbor… as Jesus taught, to be like the Good Samaritan who had compassion for the suffering regardless of their race, creed, color, or social status. Four of our Seven Principles speak directly to this imperative for ethical living:
We affirm and promote:
The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all;
Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Social Justice & Environmental Action
We are called to take action on a variety of issues pertaining to social justice including civil liberties, economic justice, health, hunger, peace, energy, and the environment.