Faithful Action is how we describe our justice ministry. The term “Faithful Action” recognizes that there are hundreds of ways to act faithfully as we work for a more fair and equitable world—we can advocate, write letters, learn about issues, cook and serve meals, build a home, mentor students, protest, stand in sacred witness, and so much more.
We work through partnerships…
A Community Partnership is a relationship between First Universalist Church and an organization in the community that shares our vision of love and justice. We work through Community Partnerships in order to leverage energy, commitment, and expertise. We share our resources in service of the organization’s vision.
… and with a racial justice lens.
In our work, we engage around race explicitly, but not exclusively. We focus on the social construct of race, and recognize that race, racism, and whiteness are a fundamental component of every social, economic, and environmental justice issue. We acknowledge that racism exists when a dominant group, with institutional and cultural power, denies and extracts resources from non-dominant groups. Racism is morally incompatible with our faith.
“The people of First Universalist Church work to build a just, loving and sustainable world. We are a visible, influential voice, and we act to shape the larger community into a more just and equitable society.” – Fourth visionary goal of First Universalist Church
Faithful Action Ministry: Leadership
Our Faithful Action ministry is led by our Senior Minister, Rev. Justin Schroeder and the Faithful Action Council. The Council shares in supporting, guiding, and enabling our ministry of faithful action. Together with the Racial Justice Leadership Team, the Board of Trustees, the ministers, and the congregation, the Faithful Action Council sets the direction of the faithful action ministries of our church, balancing our efforts for systemic change and serving immediate needs. The Faithful Action Council ensures that our guiding principles of racial justice and faithful action guide all that we do.
Core Beliefs of Faithful Action
• Racism is a fundamental component of every social and environmental justice issue.
• Racism exists when a dominant group with institutional and cultural power denies and extracts resources from a non-dominant group.
• Racism is morally incompatible with our faith.
Guiding Principles for Faithful Action at First Universalist Church
The following principles are intended to guide all First Universalist members and congregants in their approach to faithful action.
1. Racial Justice Principle: Pay attention to race, racism and whiteness; work to eliminate bias and promote equity.
2. Community Principle: Act in partnership and solidarity with other congregants and community members.
3. Lived Experience Principle: Learn from the lived experience of people of different backgrounds.
4. Spiritual Journey Principle: Root all efforts in our UU faith and explore how they connect to your spiritual journey.
5. Learning & Reflection Principle: Engage in ongoing reflection to learn from mistakes and celebrate successes.
Download a copy of the First Universalist Faithful Action Guiding Principles and Core Beliefs