Sunday Worship Services at 10am

2146 East Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53704

Statement of Conscience on Racial Justice

Whereas our congregation is named after the civil rights martyr, the Rev. James Reeb;

Whereas member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association covenant to affirm and promote the principle of justice, equity and compassion in human relations;

Whereas member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association covenant to affirm and promote the principle of respect for the interconnected web of all existence of which we are a part;

Whereas our congregational mission includes encouraging social action in the name of liberty and justice;

Whereas racial disparities are prevalent and tenacious in the United States, and in Dane County, Wisconsin in particular;

Whereas the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families’ 2013 Race to Equity Report describes the “exceptional magnitude of Dane County’s black/white disparities,” especially as relating to the criminal justice and educational systems;

Whereas more than 74% of African American children live in poverty in Dane County, despite our region having a “comparatively high level of economic vitality and stability;”*

Whereas, out of 40 indicators of well-being and life status, there is not a single indicator where Blacks are on a par with whites in Dane County;*

Whereas we see unarmed people of color being made victims of state and other violence at a disproportionate rate compared to white people;

Therefore, be it resolved, that the James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation stands in support of and in solidarity with communities of color in Dane County in their efforts to decrease violence in their communities; and to promote improved economic, educational, health, and wellbeing outcomes in their communities;

Therefore, be it also resolved, that support can include educating ourselves and others, particularly white people, about institutional racism, white privilege, and white supremacy; financial gifts; donations; use of building space; public support by our minister; the use of our name in the media; public witness; providing food or child care; and participation of our members in direct actions as we are called to be of service by our community’s people of color.

Adopted on May 17, 2015

* Statistics are from the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families’ 2013 Race to Equity Report