CUC Releases Statement on Mourning the Deaths of More People of Colour – May 29, 2020

Canadian Unitarian Universalists are deeply saddened by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and we support our fellow UUs in the United States in their calls for justice. We offer our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Lloyd’s family and friends and to the communities impacted, again, by the death of an unarmed black man. At the same time, we recognize that systemic racism and its devastating impacts are prevalent and destructive in Canada as well.

Every day, in this country, racism puts people of colour and Indigenous people at risk. We can no longer just be observers. As Unitarians, there is important work to do if we want to truly live our values of equity, justice, compassion, and dignity for all.

“While it is understandable to feel saddened, outraged or helpless as we read the news, we must not linger there,” says Margaret Wanlin, President of the Canadian Unitarian Council Board of Trustees. “Every one of our seven principles calls us to act on this issue. However, we cannot affect change in our broader communities if we have not examined our own role in systemic racism, both personally and in our community of faith. The CUC’s Dismantling Racism Study Group has begun this work, and recent events in the US and here at home have brought the need for this work into even sharper focus. I urge you to contribute your thoughts and experiences in their survey and to support this work within your own congregations,” said Margaret.

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