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


  • Why Is the 8th Principle So Long?

    Why Is the 8th Principle So Long?

    I first heard about the proposed 8th Principle almost two years ago. My initial reaction was: “Wow, that’s a lot to say and remember!” “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…

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  • The 8th Principle Covenant

    The 8th Principle Covenant

    We often say that Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal rather than creedal religion. Rather than professing a common set of beliefs, UU congregations and their members make promises with each other and their communities; mutual promises to journey together in certain ways. Covenants are powerful. They can change a culture. They can transform relationships, communities,…

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  • Who wrote the eighth principle and why do we need it?

    Who wrote the eighth principle and why do we need it?

    After working with congregations on multiculturalism for over 15 years, Paula Cole Jones, UU Central East Regional Director of Racial & Social Justice, realized that a person can believe they are being a “good UU” and following the 7 Principles without thinking about or dealing with racism and other oppressions at the systemic level. Evidence: Most…

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  • Introduction to 8th Principle Reflections

    Introduction to 8th Principle Reflections

    Until recently, I didn’t know that there was a difference between racial equality and racial equity. Until two years ago, I didn’t know that referring to people from the Far East as Orientals was pejorative. Until last year, I thought that the Indian boarding schools benefited them.  But now I know. Allies for Racial Equity…

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