Our majority white congregation is in the process of making intentional commitments and changes to more fully live into our commitment to racial justice. We have a long history of supporting efforts for desegregation, multiculturalism, and tolerance. Currently, there are several UUCT groups actively focused on racial justice work or in nurturing anti-racist, anti-oppressive ways of promoting dignity and interdependence.

BIPOC Meetup

Several UUCT community members hold a monthly Black, Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) Meetup, a supportive group for exploring the intersections of our faith, racial identities, and liberation.

Allies for Racial Equity

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. This group is currently working to ready the congregation to adopt the 8th principle of Unitarian Universalism, a pledge to dismantle systemic racism and oppressions.

In our wider work in the community, we understand that racism is inherently tied up with many other injustices of food and health inequalities, income inequality and the wealth gap, over policing and the prison industrial complex, profiling, harassment, and white supremacy culture. We strive to incorporate this understanding in our efforts toward a more just world.

Capital Area Justice Ministry

… affordable housing … gun violence and policing …

Recent Posts on Racial Justice issues

  • What is the 1619 Project?

    Fights over how we tell our nation’s story go back more than a century and have a great deal to teach us about our current divisions. Learning more about our nation’s history, through the New York Times links in this article, is a great way for adults to understand the realities of systemic racism and

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  • Text: "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."

    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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  • 8th Principle Article: History of Our Principles

    My last Meridian Article introduced the Principles as adopted in the 1960s. The first major revision was in the mid 1980s. It is striking to read the original 6. They reflect their time. The language is male-centered and Judeo-Christian is the only religious tradition. The members of the UU Women’s Federation [UUWF] took issue. There

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  • Picture of Paula Cole Jones in blue top

    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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  • Demonstration with lots of people, one person holding up sign with picture of MLKJr. with words "I have the same dream."

    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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  • Intentions & Impacts

    A recent mention of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend reminded me that a neutral policy can have a racist impact. I worked at a non-profit that sold an annual family pass; free entry for a household and any out-of-town guests. After a decade or so, family was re-defined: only household members. After

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  • The 8th Principle and Black Women

    After the Civil War Black women like Ida B. Wells adopted “respectability” centered in clothing, coiffures and careers. They gladly shed the attire and pursuits foisted on their mothers when held in slavery. But, being a lady didn’t truly change their status, as Ida learned when she was forcibly ejected from the “Ladies Car” and

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  • Share the Plate – Advancement Project

    The Advancement Project is a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, they exist to fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy. They use innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change. Locally, Advancement Project National Office provides

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