At the board meeting on June 9, the Board of Trustees and Rev. Rachel Lonberg adopted the following statement:
As Unitarian Universalists, our faith calls us to speak to this moment:
We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
We believe in justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.
We believe in a world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
We believe that Black Lives Matter.
As white church leaders, we recognize that we are beneficiaries of systems that perpetuate injustice and white supremacy.
We grieve the violence that has been committed in the name of public safety in our communities for generations.
Individually and collectively, we commit our time, our power, and our resources to building The Beloved Community, in solidarity with and following Black leaders in our community and our faith.
Black Lives Matter.
— The Board of Trustees and Minister of People’s Church of Kalamazoo
We know that adopting a statement is only a first step. Your elected and called leadership will continue to live into these commitments. You will be hearing more from us as we continue to do the works of love in the world. Please reach out to board members if you have questions or ideas.