MidAmerica Regional Assembly Resolution on Muslim Solidarity
Drafted by Southeast Michigan UUMA Cluster

WHEREAS the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Principles call us as member congregations to affirm and promote “The inherent worth and dignity of every person” and, “The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all”;

WHEREAS our living tradition draws from many sources, including “Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life” and “Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves”;

WHEREAS the United States Constitution is founded in part on the freedom of religious belief and practice;

WHEREAS the histories of Unitarianism, Universalism, and Unitarian Universalism affirm the importance and centrality of freedom of religious belief and practice in this country;

WHEREAS Muslims in the United States have faced increased levels of discrimination and hate crimes since 9/11;

WHEREAS an additional layer of fear, prejudice; and xenophobia have arisen following the Paris and San Bernardino terrorist attacks in 2015; and the refugee crisis in Syria has become a target of this fear, prejudice, and xenophobia;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: The 2016 MidAmerica Regional Assembly expresses its love and support for Muslims in our communities and encourages congregations in the MidAmerica Region to

  • build bridges of partnership with Muslim neighbors in our local areas;
  • increase understanding of Islam within and beyond our local congregations;
  • learn more about the realities of religious discrimination and the Syrian refugee crisis; and
  • work to foster greater inclusion of all peoples, regardless of their religious, ethnic, national, or racial identity(s).

Endorsing Congregations by Board Vote, February 2016:

Universalist Unitarian Church of East Liberty, Clarklake, MI
Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church, Southfield, MI
First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI
Community Unitarian Universalists of Brighton, Brighton, MI
Universalist Unitarian Church of Farmington, Farmington, MI
Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing, East Lansing, MI
First Unitarian-Universalist Church of Detroit, Detroit, MI
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Owensboro, Owensboro, KY
First Unitarian Church, Louisville, KY
St. John’s Unitarian Universalist Church, Cincinnati, OH