“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief.

Do justly, now.

Love mercy, now.

Walk humbly now.

You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.


On Sunday, January 15, 2023, UUCV voted to adopt the 8th Principle.

The 8th Principle: “We, the member congregations of the Unitarian
Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying
toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural
Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle
racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”

The 8th Principle calls us to examine our own hearts honestly and to seek healing when we find white privilege, othering of those different from ourselves, and barriers to love. It calls us to look at
the policies, procedures, and practices of UUCV through a racial justice
lens and to apply that same lens to how we engage with the wider
community. It calls us to the next step in building the Beloved Community
where all are celebrated and welcome. Each of us plays a role in this
process and you are encouraged to participate. To begin you can visit
www.8thprincipleuu.org where there is a wealth of information to explore.

As a congregation we are committed to learning together through a weekly Justice Moment.

Our Justice Moment calls attention to our commitment to dismantle racism and all forms of systemic oppression as is state in our 8th Principle and the Justice petal of the proposed Article II by-laws revision.

They can present a biographical account of someone from a marginalized group, the history of an event dealing with one of the all too many “isms” in our culture, highlighting the progress, or perhaps, backsliding made in the work toward racial justice, or some examples of achievements or art forms of oppressed people such as poetry or music. It is hoped this will provide an informative moment in the service while keeping the goal of dismantling oppression present in our hearts and minds.


Stamped From The Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Ibram X. Kendi
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
by Isabel Wilkerson
How to Be an Antiracist
by Ibram X. Kendi
The Good Lord Bird:
by James McBride
Waking Up White
by Debbie Irving
Underground Railroad (novel)
by Colson Whitehead
Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
The Nickel Boys
by Colson Whitehead


White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
by Peggy McIntosh

Originally written in 1988, This article is considered a ‘classic’ by anti-racist
educators and still helps one understand white privilege.

The Case for Reparations
by Ta-Nehisi Coates


75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
by Corinne Shutack (2017)



Brittany Packnett’s Ware Lecture at the 2018 UUA General Assembly

Consider: “Do I know what the people of color in my life expect of me?”

A Conversation with White People on Race:

Five minute Interviews with white people on the challenges of talking about race. Where do we see ourselves or white people in our lives in this video? How would we enter this conversation or a conversation like this one in our congregation?

Suppressed: The Fight to Vote

40 minutes Brave New Films In 2018 Stacey Abrams of Georgia fought to become the first Black female governor in the U.S. while her opponent, Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, was in charge of running the election. In a race that was ultimately decided by 54,723 votes, the film exposes that the basic constitutional right to vote continues to be under siege in America.

UUA Resources

https://www.uua.org/justice under “Racial Justice”…

We work to end racial discrimination and injustice, starting within ourselves and moving out into the world around us. There is a multitude of material to explore. Here are a few examples:

Family Friendly

Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness (Ordinary Terrible Things)

by Anastasia Higginbotham

Website – Your Kids Aren’t Too Young To Talk About Racism: Resource Roundup


 Raising Antiracist Kids: An Age-By-Age Guide for Parents of White Children

by Rebekah Gienapp

Mental Health Information

Blacks in the US disproportionately struggle with mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse, and just 1/3 of those affected will receive the help they need. This site provides information on mental health issues impacting the Black community as well as links to mental health services.


Updated September 2022

From the origins of brutality, captivity and barbarism that marked the arrival of Africans to the United States; to the generations of marginalization and oppression that impeded their pursuit of freedom and equality; to systemic institutional and cultural factors that continue to impede quality of life at disproportionately high rates, it can be argued that trauma is an integral part of the Black Male American experience, as baked in as the legacy of mistreatment that continues to impact their everyday lives.

Ironically, one of the glaring byproducts of this legacy of inequality is a fundamental disparity in access to care for the very trauma and mental illness that it creates.

We created a black men mental health guide because it is not in the public eye enough and quite frankly, black men matter!

Here is the link to the mental health guide:

Black Men Matter – Examining Mental Health Issues Among Black Men – A Guide To Freedom

In this guide:

  • From The Origins Of Brutality, Captivity And Barbarism
  • Rates Of Mental Illness Among Black And African American Men
  • Mental Health Treatment Barriers Facing Black And African American Men
  • Mental Health Resources For Black And African American Men