Racial Justice Team
As individuals of faith, we find meaning in learning more about systemic and persistent causes of racism and seek to understand our places in our racist society, both historically and in the present moment.
As a group, we are moved to bear witness in our community, to stand in solidarity with communities of color as they work for change, and to be anti-racist agents in our interactions with the people and institutions in our lives.
Our goals are fourfold:
- Educate UUC members, friends, and allies about racism and white privilege
- Recognize and act upon the intersectionality between race and other social justice issues.
- Support the local Black Lives Matter movement
- Respond rapidly to racial incidents or other events calling for our witness
We believe there is power in understanding the intersection between race and other social justice movements. We hope to explore and strengthen the connections between our anti-racism work and other social justice initiatives at UUC, including those addressing climate justice, the criminal injustice system, immigration, and equal rights for women and LGBTQ people.
Members of our group are dedicated to the power of witness in demonstrating our connection to systems of racism and our concern for individuals and communities that are impacted by racism in action (policy brutality and killings, racial profiling, mass incarceration, economic discrimination, and more).
We take inspiration from the Black Lives Matter movement and the 2015 Action of Immediate Witness in support of that movement passed at the UUA General Assembly.
The Racial Justice Team offers a variety of events and activities to support UUC members and friends who want to expand their understanding of white supremacy culture, systemic racism, and provide their anti-racism actions with a grounding in spiritual practice. Watch the Gateway and UUC website for upcoming offerings. Visit or follow the UUC Racial Justice Team on Facebook for resources and inspiration. You can also find us among the groups in UUC Connect, a password-protected resource to help UUC members and friends connect and communicate with one another. Click the “join” button there, and one of our group leaders will get in touch with you. Don’t yet have a login? Contact the church office.
Vision and History
For over a year, we have held a weekly vigil in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We have gathered each Sunday between services to stand facing 35th Avenue in front of the church with signs and a banner. This action has drawn many expressions of support, as well as occasional expressions of disagreement. We hope that we have helped open minds and hearts and begin conversations among friends and families driving past. This practice will evolve in the year ahead as we move to a temporary church home. Watch the Gateway and UUC website for news of our plans.
Bills now progressing through the Washington State Legislature need comments from citizens. Find out how you can easily access reliable information and put your UU faith into action. You can make a difference. What UU Principle most inspires you in ‘22?
In a video interview of the “Advocacy Duo” by Racial Justice Team’s co-lead Kira McCoy (they/their), long-time UUC members Debbie Maranville (she/her) and Margaret Sutro (she/their) share a faith-based relational approach to legislative action. Their efforts yield unanticipated results.
Here is the Advocacy Duo model:
- Seek out a supportive collaborator from one of UUC’s many small groups
- Focus your efforts on 2–3 issues: climate, housing, community safety, etc.
- Consult organizations committed to lifting up historically marginalized voices
- Meet regularly with your advocacy collaborator for moral support and accountability
- Track your actions; learn, affirm, and celebrate small victories; express gratitude
UUs are resourceful people of faith. Others before us have built partnerships with community organizations representing people whose voices need to be heard. As we grow our capacity for listening with love, we can also develop new relationships, skills and resources for racial justice.
Read more about the Act on Faith Advocacy Project: Amplifying Voices for Racial Justice & Climate Action during the 2021–2023 WA State Legislative Sessions (updated October, 2022).
From the August 5, 2018 Racial Justice Sunday–How Are We Called?:
- Slide presentation pdf
- Resource list pdf
- Undoing White Supremacy, the 2018-2022 Congregational Study/Action issue approved by delegates to the 2018 UUA General Assembly