I do not pretend to understand the moral universe. The arc is a long one. My eye reaches but [a] little ways. I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by experience of sight. I can divine by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends toward justice.Theodore Parker, Unitarian minister, abolitionist and social reformer, 1853
Our faith is one with a long history of working toward justice for all. We are called upon to make a difference in our communities and wider world. Through our Unitarian Universalist Principles we covenant to affirm “The inherent worth and dignity of every person” as well as “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” The word justice is used twice in our Principles: “Justice, equity and compassion in human relations” and “The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.”
Sing along to Love Will Guide Us!
The Mission here at UUCRV includes seeking “justice and truth” and living “guided by love” – our social justice work helps us to live out our mission, both as individuals and as a community. We Side With Love!
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rock Valley joins with other Unitarian Universalist Association efforts to work for justice in our communities, state, country and around the world, including:
- Side With Love Campaign: A public advocacy campaign that seeks to harness love’s power to stop oppression of any kind.
- Unitarian Universalist Service Committee: The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization advancing human rights together with an international community of grassroots partners and advocates.
- Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism: BLUU provides information, resources and support for Black Unitarian Universalists and works to expand the role and visibility of Black UUs within our faith.
- Unitarian Universalist Action Network of Illinois (UUANI): UUANI provides Unitarian Universalists across Illinois with advocacy and legislative leadership to effectively build community and power to promote justice and a healthy planet.
An easy way to get involved! Sign up to receive UUANI’s Action of the Week in your email so you can respond to social justice issues that are happening in our state.
UUANI reported considerable success in 2019 at the state level on issues related to our UU values, helping other partner organizations secure wins on 11 of the 18 legislative bills for which we advocated.
Social Justice Leadership Team: In the fall of 2019, UUCRV formed a Social Justice Leadership Team to participate in training provided by the Unitarian Universalist Action Network of Illinois (UUANI). The purpose of this 5-month program, according to Rev. Scott Aaseng, Executive Director of UUANI, was “to empower teams of leaders to engage our congregations in focused and integrated social justice ministry and to develop our capacity for collective action across congregations, in ways that sustain and transform us.” The Social Justice Leadership Team will continue to share information regarding ways our congregation can join with efforts across our state to make an impact on different social justice issues.