UUA TRUTH, REPAIR, AND RECONCILIATION
President Sinkford asked, “What are our truths? To whom must we be reconciled?” We have many stories to uncover—genocide, slavery, oppression. Only by knowing our truths can we act boldly on our spiritual journey of healing.
In response to President Bill Sinkford’s report, moved that delegates begin this work by encouraging their congregations and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to research their own and the Association’s history: to uncover our links and complicity with the genocide of native peoples; with slavery and the slave-based economy; and with all types of racial, ethnic, and cultural oppression, past and present, toward the goal of accountability through acknowledgment, apology, repair, and reconciliation, and that they report on their progress at the 2008 and 2009 General Assemblies.
Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC) Truth, Healing and Reconciliation
Canadian UUs have been involved with Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation movement for a number of years now. “Canadian Unitarian Universalists (UUs) are committed to the journey toward truth, justice, healing, and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and to putting into practice the principles set forth in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”
The website contains resources including their the CUC’s “An Expression of Truth and Reconciliation” and an overview some of the things they have accomplished such as developing youth and adult curriculum and facilitator training along with a number of resources for congregations to begin the process of educating themselves and then moving forward into action.
While the crux of the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation movement was focused predominantly on residential schools (similar to the U.S.’s boarding schools) and the Aboriginal communities in Canada, the information amassed is still pertinent to some of what we here in the United States must begin to grapple with.
UU 2019 GA Resource list
Here are a couple of fairly extensive, but not complete, listing of resources to help facilitate Truth and Reconciliation movements and some of the work that is being done by UU congregations and organizations and allies.