As Unitarian Universalists, we believe that every person has value as a member of the human family. The suffering caused by racism must be ended if we want to create fair and loving communities. We work to end racial discrimination and injustice, starting within ourselves and moving out into the world around us. We support multiracial, multiethnic congregations and advocate for the end of inherently racist policies such as mass imprisonment, deportation, and voter suppression.
Intercultural Development Inventory
As an important first step, the Prairie Justice League seeks to look within ourselves and our congregation on matters of multicultural sensitivity. We strive for a fully inclusive community where people of all races, ethnicities, and cultures see their cultural identities reflected and affirmed in every aspect of congregational life—worship, fellowship, leadership, governance, religious education, social justice, etc. Moreover, we strive to assure that in our community no singular cultural identity dominates all other identities.
As a largely racially homogenous community, we strive to gain understanding and insight into our own biases that have shaped our experiences since birth. In short, we seek intercultural competence. Toward this end, several Prairie Justice League members and other congregational leaders are actively participating in assessment and programming offered by the Intercultural Development Inventory. Our goal: to move ourselves individually and collectively along the Intercultural Development Continuum.
Whether you’re involved with the IDI or not, we encourage Prairie UUs of all ages and backgrounds to share their hopes and dreams for the role that we can play in advancing racial justice in the United States. Many of us are already working with groups and campaigns, and others are still figuring out how they want to be involved.
Black Lives Matter
Recognizing that white supremacy is an institutionalized cultural pattern reaching far beyond any single incident or person, the Prairie Justice League, representing the Prairie congregation at large, supports community efforts to dismantle this effort, including but not limited to partnering with Black Lives Matter.
Black Lives Matter is a movement and a stance in response to the following reality: the United States was built on a legacy of slavery, racism, and oppression that continues to take new, ever-changing forms. It’s important to remember that saying that “black lives matter” does not mean that black lives are more important than other lives, or that all lives don’t matter. However, due to our legacy, the systemic devaluing of black lives calls us to bear witness, even as we acknowledge that oppression takes many intersecting forms.
The Prairie Justice League, representing the Prairie community at large, strives to help protect vulnerable immigrant families from being separated by deportation. We support the immigrant community through direct interaction, coalition building, advocacy, non-violent direct actions such as vigils and accompaniment to court, and community education. We are proud to partner with the Denver Metro Sanctuary Coalition to achieve these goals.