Widening the Circle
Upcoming opportunities to Widen the Circle:
All Widening the Circle meetings will now be at this link:
https://bit.ly/USGwidenthecircle Please join us!
WtC Book Group, meets next June 5 at 7pm. We are fiinishing Mistakes and Miracles, click the link above for more info.
Widening the Circle at USG
In 2017, the UUA Board charged a new Commission on Institutional Change with supporting long-term cultural and institutional change that redeems the anti-oppressive and multi-cultural promise and ideals of Unitarian Universalism and is accountable to the richness of our diverse heritage. The Widening the Circle Report was presented at GA in 2019.
At USG, the Widening the Circle (WtC) work began in February 2020 with a group of USG members and staff, some but not all, in leadership positions who considered each of the report’s recommendations, and compiled a list of goals and actions for USG. The objective is to be a truly open and inclusive community, in which members of all racial, ethnic, LGBTQIA, economic, ability and other identities are actively recruited, welcomed and connected.
Our work was rooted in the proposed 8th Principle, adopted by USG in May 2019: “We, the member congregations 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.“
As we moved to the implementation phase in the fall of 2022, we began meeting with USG groups as well as holding Q&A sessions with the congregation as a whole. We also now have a very active Reparations group.
Additional information is included in Widening the Circle’s 2022 Annual Report, USG’s special Widening the Circle Worship Service and on the WtC Process page. To learn more or get involved, please contact us at WideningtheCircle@usguu.org