Joint Statement on Raising the Minimum Wage—A Moral Imperative

The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and the Rev. Bill Schulz, president and CEO of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, issued a joint statement in support of legislation to raise minimum wages in the United States. It begins, ‘We’ve been told we’re in the middle of an economic recovery. But the truth is that while the stock market is closing at unprecedented highs, workers who make minimum wage are not recovering—they’re barely putting food on the table.’ Read More

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. Yet, as legal star Michelle Alexander reveals in her book The New Jim Crow , today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against convicted criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans. Once you’re labeled a felon, the old forms of discrimination—employment discrimination, housing discrimination, denial of the right to vote, denial of educational opportunity, denial of food stamps and other public benefits, and exclusion from jury service—are suddenly legal. Read More

UUA President’s Statement on Historic Decisions on Marriage Equality

UUA President Rev. Peter Morales issued a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic decisions on marriage equality. It begins: “Today, the U.S. Supreme Court, the highest court of our country, stood on the side of love with its decision in United States v. Windsor declaring that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment. This is a proud and momentous day for all who have suffered under this law and felt discrimination based on their sexual orientation. It is a victory for the principle that civil rights belong to all.” Read More

Jim Key Elected as New UUA Moderator

At this year’s annual General Assembly, Jim Key of Beaufort, SC was elected as the new Unitarian Universalist Association Moderator for a six-year term.“It is a profound honor to have been chosen to be the new Moderator of the Unitarian Universalist Association. I pledge to do all I can to be worthy of this sacred trust. I look forward to working with our Board of Trustees and with the Administration of the UUA as we confront the challenges and embrace the opportunities the future holds for us,” said Key after winning the election. Read More