Saltwater Unitarian Universalist Church (Des Moines, WA) 8135
What is your suggestion or idea?
Replace the wording of Section C-2.4. Inclusion,
ever-widening circles of mutual respect with all who have felt marginalized due
to ethnic, racial, or class background or to uncommon gender, disability, or
What is the reason for your amendment idea?
The current wording is far too wordy while
not even citing ethnicity, race, or class. In addition, this wording seeks to
blame lack of inclusion on power, privilege, and oppression when the true
reasons may vary widely, depending on the circumstances.
These reasons could be as simple as having
a very low fraction of the population of a certain identity in the area of the
congregation, resulting in lack of familiarity and of a support group. And
cultural differences often play a big role, especially ethnic, religious, and
class background. Thus a narrow minded diagnosis is not appropriate. Instead
the wording should encourage UUs to devise their own strategies according to objective
investigations of their own situation.
Have you discussed this idea with your congregation or other UUs?
My congregation is aware of this issue and of the need to get a better understanding of the situation in the congregation. Other UU groups I’m contact with also support inclusion, but grounded in reality.