Definitions of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)
JUUstice Washington defines equity as a state in which each of us has access to the resources—such as opportunities, connections, and power—we need to thrive and reach our full potential. Equity inherently includes an effective response to the past and present impact of systems of privilege and oppression. And, equity is a state in which outcomes cannot be predicted from social characteristics.
We define diversity as a state of variety in a group of people across social characteristics, including sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, language, race, color, culture, ethnicity, nationality, national origin, marital status, geography, immigration status, generation, religion, ability, age, and physical appearance. Diversity in an organization—for example, among its leadership, staff, and membership—is a marker for the degree to which the community it seeks to serve is represented within the organization.
We define inclusion as the equitable welcoming, valuing, and application of the skills, experience, perspectives, ideas, contributions, and needs of everyone within a diverse group across all areas of the internal and external functioning of that group, such as leadership, service provision, and service receipt.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Position Statement of JUUstice Washington
JUUstice Washington is committed to the increasing, measurable manifestation of our valuing of equity, diversity, and inclusion in all of our work.
We acknowledge the contributions our founding organizations have made to helping build a more just and sustainable world, as well as the historical reality of insufficient equity, diversity, and inclusion in the functioning of these institutions.
We commit to transparency and accountability as we track our EDI progress going forward.
We share a determination to bring together, value, and leverage diverse wisdom, skill, and perspectives as we become our vision and accomplish our mission in the world:
Vision: We envision ourselves as a diverse and spiritually grounded organization that empowers people to work towards a just world in which all people thrive. Our vision is inspired by our commitment to each other and to the interdependent web of life of which we are all a part.
Mission: We strive to inspire, educate, empower, and nurture the capacity of Unitarian Universalists (UUs), as well as our community allies, to collaboratively advocate for and undertake social and environmental justice initiatives. We support legislative change that aligns with our UU values in Washington state and beyond.
by Nancy Palmer Jones and Karin Lin, Skinner House Books, 2019
What calls Unitarian Universalists to create multicultural, antiracist Beloved Community? What do congregations need when they embark on this journey? What common threads run through their stories? Nancy Palmer Jones and Karin Lin—a white minister and a lay person of color—share how five diverse congregations encounter frustrations and disappointments, as well as hope and wonder, once they commit to the journey. Mistakes abound. Miracles of transformation and joy emerge too. Extensively researched and thoughtfully written—with reflection questions at the end of each chapter—Mistakes and Miracles: Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism will guide readers to apply these stories to their own communities, develop next steps, and renew their commitment to this hard but meaningful work.
Visit InSpirit to learn more or pre-order Mistakes and Miracles
Join us for this important and long-overdue community conversation!
Rep. Ilhan Omar. Linda Sarsour. Tamika Mallory. Marc Lamont Hill. Angela Davis.
How are charges of antisemitism being weaponized to specifically target powerful Black and Muslim leaders, force Jews and Jewish allies into false dichotomies, divert attention from the worldwide rise of white nationalism and state violence, and divide progressive movement-building?
Who benefits? Who is harmed? And most importantly, what can we do to recognize and disarm these attempts to divide us?
FREE event, but registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intersectional-dialogue-on-weaponizing-charges-of-antisemitism-tickets-60506424344
5th Annual CUUSAN Conference 2019
Living Our Values, Building Our Movement
June 19, 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Doubletree Grand Ballroom I
322 N Spokane Falls Ct, Spokane WA
We are super excited to announce our keynote speaker at the 2019 CUUSAN Conference will be Chris Crass!! If you know Chris, you are freaking out with joy right now! If you don't, you've got to get yourself to this conference! More
We are also collaborating with our friends and colleagues at JUUstice Washington - we're really excited about this conference and hope you can come!
We need you to REGISTER, please
A collection of progressive bills, most of which will primarily impact low-income communities and communities of color in Washington state, were voted on and passed by state legislators. These bills—some of which Poverty Action has been working alongside community members and partner organizations for years— could not have been passed without your voice and your action!
Thanks to your advocacy, Washingtonians will now see more robust and transparent laws regarding debt collection than ever before. This comprehensive package of five consumer protections bills is a big step forward for Washington state and particularly for its communities of color.
Ethnic studies bill 5023 is currently being considered by the state legislature. It Requires the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to develop and periodically update a model ethnic studies curriculum for use in grades 7–12. It requires an advisory committee to oversee the process.
Blackface is a damnable blot on the nation’s history. Today many Americans recognize it, belatedly, as the abomination it always was.
Redface, too, is a damnable blot, though so common in our time it is nearly invisible.
This contradiction puzzles Kevin Gover, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. He is a citizen of the Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma and lives in Virginia, where he has followed the burgeoning blackface scandal in state government.
Read more here . . .
Reach beyond the mundane
"Unitarian Universalism’s commitment to trans lives is all too often aspirational rather than true today. According to a recent survey, only 28% of trans UUs feel that their congregation is fully inclusive of them as trans people. We need this to change, because trans lives are at stake."
In this short article, TRUUst provides concrete ways you can make a difference in your congregation and in the broader world.
JUUstice Washington was honored to invite Cynthia Good to share her expertise and insights at our inaugural Justice Summit on October 20, 2018. Cynthia Good and her co-presenter Kyana Wheeler conducted a plenary session designed to help participants begin to identify and respond to systems of privilege and oppression in their justice efforts and in the broader world.
JUUstice Washington was honored to invite Kyana Wheeler to share her expertise and insights at our inaugural Justice Summit on October 20, 2018. Kyana Wheeler and her co-presenter Cynthia Good conducted a plenary session designed to help participants begin to identify and respond to systems of privilege and oppression in their justice efforts and in the broader world.