The Board of Trustees of the MidAmerica Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association issues the following statement in response to the call from our MidAmerica congregations and their ministers in the greater Saint Louis area.
Our deep theology as a justice-seeking people calls upon us to engage this major civil rights work. We, the members of the MidAmerica board, are deeply committed to the work of anti-oppression, anti-racism, and multiculturalism. We stand on the side of love with the people of Ferguson as they seek justice in the case of the death of Michael Brown.
We see what is happening in Ferguson as part of a larger issue in our Region and all of America. It is about dehumanization, about racism, and about injustice. We note that we are all currently affected by the same culture of fear of difference that festers in Ferguson.
We encourage Unitarian Universalist congregations and religious leaders in the MidAmerica Region to engage thoughtfully in the suggestions for action put forward by the Ferguson Response team of Saint Louis area ministers and Unitarian Universalist Association and UU Service Committee leaders. Some resources can be found on the Standing on the Side of Love web page, www.standingonthesideoflove.org/blog/withferguson, as well as the St. Louis Standing on the Side of Love Facebook page www.facebook.com/stlstandingonthesideoflove.
Rev. Dr. Bill Sasso, President,
Charlotte Preston, Vice President
Eric Huffer, Secretary
Tom Sommerfeld, Treasurer
Doug Cauble, Trustee
Janis Cheney, Trustee
Kyrie Bock, Trustee
Rev. Dr. Cynthia Landrum, Trustee
Dave Martin, Trustee
Rev. Ian Evison, ex-officio