Committee on Institutional Change (COIC) Report: Widening the Circle of Concern
The Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA) Commission on Institutional Change (COIC) completed their report, Widening the Circle of Concern, in February 2020, just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, everything that has come to pass during this pandemic has only reinforced how urgently we are in need of transformation. This is the work the 8th Principle calls us to do.
As the Commissioners write:
This crisis has revealed the disparities that exist at all levels for the well-being for Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color as well as for LGBTQ individuals, people living with limited economic means, and people living with disabilities. Addressing them within our faith becomes more important, not less.
The report is available for purchase as a book from the UUA Bookstore and there are few copies in the name tag foyer at USG, an e-book from Amazon, for free on the UUA website, as a pdf, a Word doc and an audio reading.
Our engagement of the report at USG will be guided by the UUA’s Study/Action Guide which outlines 11 sessions for a group to break down the various components and recommendations of the original report.
More than a discussion guide, this Study/Action Guide provides framing and helpful hints on how our community can actively participate in transformative liberation. Widening the Circle is joyful change work that’s deeply rooted in our shared UU theology. They hope that engaging this guide offers our community an opportunity for meaningful connection during this time of isolation. Many thanks to the Commissioners and professional group leaders who came together quickly to develop this additional resource.