Racial Justice Team Mission & Goals
The mission of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington (FUUSB) Racial Justice Team (RJT) is to engage Society members and friends in the work of identifying, understanding, and dismantling racism within ourselves, our faith community, and our broader society. While racism affects many different groups of people, at this time in our history the team recognizes the urgency of racism as it affects Black people in America.
We seek to understand and address the underlying attitudes and habitual responses of white supremacy in America and Unitarian Universalism. We engage in this work through education, supporting racial justice work led by Black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) in the larger community, and participating in direct action.
The team aims to deepen the congregation’s understanding of white supremacy and engagement in BIPOC-led organizing and direct action for racial justice. The team’s current goals include:
- To clarify and solidify the Team’s relationship with the Board of Trustees in the area of anti-racism work.
- To increase the congregation’s awareness of FUUSB’s work to end racial injustice within both our immediate and broader communities.
- To complete an institutional equity audit to understand and remedy the ways our current culture may not be welcoming or inclusive for people of color.
- To further our support for BIPOC-led organizations.