Statement on Black Lives Matter
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winston Salem stands in solidarity with our Black/African-American siblings who demand change, including those who identify as Indigenous and People of Color. Before we “take to the streets,” literally and figuratively, we are cautious, seeking to center our response to the entire community to ask, “What does support look like? How can our support and solidarity be effective, and cause no harm?” Accordingly, we begin by pledging to work diligently to re-examine the ways in which we ourselves perpetuate racism, and to do our part to bend the arc of the universe towards justice.
We can no longer remain silent. We have much work to do. We cannot afford to have these systemic failings normalized. This is a call to action for all persons of faith to work toward justice for all. We affirm the position our faith commands – we stand by the Black/African-American community, and we pledge our support in whatever ways are helpful. We affirm that BLACK LIVES MATTER. May it be so.