Allies for Racial Equity (ARE@UUCT) is a group of people who hold white privilege, actively learning how the social constructs of race and racism distort authentic beloved community.

We are UUCT members with white privilege working to:

  • Understand our own whiteness and privilege and help others in our church community to do so
  • Unlearn and re-evaluate white supremacy in ourselves and our church community
  • Challenge white supremacy wherever we encounter it
  • Confront racism and racial inequity in ways that are accountable to communities of color and, in particular, UUCT’s Black, Indigenous, People of Color group

ARE@UUCT Posts

  • The 8th Principle in Action

    The 8th Principle in Action

    The 8th Principle calls on each of us to take responsibility for building beloved community by dismantling racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions. I see this as a call to commit ourselves to action not only within our congregation but also within our community. UUCT’s involvement with the Capital Area Justice Ministry […]

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  • The 8th Principle Is Grounded in Our Universalist Theology

    The 8th Principle Is Grounded in Our Universalist Theology

    For me, the 8th Principle is grounded in our Universalist theology. Our Universalist ancestors believed in universal salvation: that an all-loving God would not condemn anyone to everlasting damnation — that all would go to heaven. Our concept of universal salvation has evolved over time into one of an all-loving community here on earth. Our […]

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  • What is Intersectionality and How Do We Balance Our Priorities?

    What is Intersectionality and How Do We Balance Our Priorities?

    According to law professor Kimberle Crenshaw, intersectionality is the idea that, if you are standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you’re likely to get hit by more than one. For example, Black women cross an intersection and are hit by both racism and sexism. The race ambulance and the gender ambulance arrive […]

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  • Dismantling My Implicit Racial Bias

    Dismantling My Implicit Racial Bias

    The proposed 8th Principle calls on us to “dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.” Does this imply that we are racists? That’s not how I see it. Ibram Kendi, in his book How to be an Antiracist, argues that it is not useful to label people as “racist” or “not racist.” […]

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