January, 2021: The Solidarity with Muslims Team has expanded its focus to become the Interfaith Justice Team. Read more here.
The UUC Interfaith Justice Team partners with nearby faith communities to oppose anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and other forms of religious intolerance through constructive collaboration and effective modes of ally-ship.
Our objectives include:
- building on already established relationships with local mosques, synagogues, and temples to extend our network.
- developing relationships with coalitions such as the Faith Action Network.
- becoming responsive to emergent interfaith justice issues in the Puget Sound area.
- amplifying the voices of faith partners who have been maligned and misunderstood.
UUC’s Interfaith Justice Team is committed to:
- partnering with faith communities who also value justice, equity, and compassion in human relations (UU 2nd principle) and of a world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all (UU 6th principle).
- identifying opportunities for advocacy and systemic change.
- developing an ability to move fluidly for timely response to calls for action and support.
- enhancing appreciation, within our own congregation, for our faith partners’ perspectives and for the general landscape of interfaith collaboration.
- sponsoring/co-sponsoring relevant events and learning opportunities.
- prioritizing actions that will engage a broad array of UUC members and friends, including an intergenerational focus whenever possible.
- leveraging and supporting current and past UUC efforts and those of other social justice groups in our community.
All are welcome to participate in the activities we sponsor, most of which focus on connecting and developing relationships with other interfaith groups and learning more about their faith beliefs.
The Interfaith Justice Team meets monthly to share insights, readings, and resources we have gained from this journey. All are welcome to come to our team meetings.
Find us on UUC Connect and ask to join, or fill out the form below for more information, to be added to our Interfaith Justice distribution list, or for additional dialogue about UUC’s efforts in this area.
Vision and History
In the wake of heightened Islamophobia after the 2016 election a new group convened at UUC to address the emerging threat. The Solidarity with Muslim Communities Team renewed contacts from prior interfaith efforts and explored ways to act on the side of justice.
During the next four years we discovered that our old friends from the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS), and the Interfaith Community Center had developed strong working relationships with scores of Jewish and Christian congregations. We found ourselves part of a larger local interfaith movement which served as an important learning experience for us.
Over the summer and fall the Solidarity group explored how to respond to this new reality. Expanding our focus to Interfaith Justice positions us to respond fluidly when any of our interfaith allies are targeted. It also provides opportunities for youth and intergenerational participation here, and helps us embrace the faith diversity among our own members.