Covenant of Beloved Community

We, a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse, multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.

Beginning in December of 2019, representatives from BUF’s Black Lives Matter, Native American Connections, Immigration Rights ministry action teams, the BUF/C2C Partnership team and the Social & Environmental Justice Committee were brought together to craft a resolution for the congregation. The Healthy Relationships Team was also engaged to help with facilitating the resolution process. The intent was to accomplish two goals:
  • To honor and holdup the UU communities of color request to bring anti-racism understandings and actions to a more prominent position within UU consciousness as written and adopted in their own language and
  • To have BUF, as a whole congregation, acknowledge the critical importance of engaging in direct and accountable anti-racism and anti-oppression work and the building of a diverse, multicultural Beloved Community within BUF and within its sphere of influence.

If approved, the passed resolution would then be forwarded to the UUA’s Article II Study Commission for consideration as it reviews the UUA’s Principles and Purposes called out in its bylaws. (This actually didn’t happen as the resolution was amended to be a covenant, so didn’t qualify.)

If approved, the passed resolution would see BUF become engaged in anti-racism efforts which may include implementing the Board goals of a couple of years ago, the activities and goals created by the Beloved Conversations teams, or other potential ideas that come to mind as we begin our journey in earnest.