Now what?
At our 2021 Annual Meeting our Congregation adopted a resolution supporting the 8th Principle. This Principle states that we 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.”
 
So, what does this now mean for our congregation? It means that we are resolved that this covenant become one of the central tenants of our Unitarian Universalist faith and action. We lift it up with other principles as we live our daily lives, work in our communities, and attempt to build that beloved community. This should mean that our congregation will use these ideas, along with the ideas expressed in our seven principles, as we shape our programs, activities, religious education and other areas of ministry. It means that our minister (that would be me) and folks providing programming for our congregation consider this principle as we select programming for this year. It means that we lean into this as we determine the kinds of social justice activities that we will engage in. It means that we seek ways to use our financial offerings in meaningful ways to build this beloved Community. It means we seek ways to be accountable for our actions and work. And we can begin moving more in this direction This MONTH!

We invite you to engage in programs, especially those related to antiracism and other oppressions this month. In addition to our Sunday programming, including a special MLK Sunday message by Rev. Jane, we can join in other congregational and community activities that seek to help us move to the Beloved Community. This is especially important in Brunswick as we seek to move beyond the kind of environment that would allow for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery to one that continues to strive for peace, liberty, and justice for all. This month, we are invited by other community groups to join them in their efforts.

Please read this entire newsletter and participate if possible. The Equity Dinner (on zoom) sponsored by the Glynn Clergy for Equity will be facilitated by two of our own members, Beth Sutton and Denise Anderson. We are proud of our folks who step up and lead in these community efforts. Let’s be there to support them and learn together with other community members. (Details about the Virtual Dinner are below in this newsletter.)

And, we can invite others to join us on this journey toward spiritual wholeness by working with us to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions. Let’s do this!