Our response to national turmoil

Dear friends,

Recent events in our nation's capital have increased the levels of stress and animosity in our already polarized society. Our 5th UU Principle states that we "covenant to affirm and promote the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large." I know we, as social-justice-minded UUs, feel strongly about upholding our values and principles. This is so much larger than one person, whether that be me, you, or President Trump. As a preacher, and leader in a tax-exempt church, I am very mindful of the separation of church and state and the requirements to maintain our tax-exempt status. Therefore, you will not hear me talk about partisan politics. But, I think you have heard from me often regarding justice, equity and compassion in human relations (the 2nd Principle), as I preach our values and speak against the fractious discourse we are hearing all around us.

Our denomination, the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, recently released a statement about the riot/coup that occurred last week, and those who initiated and enabled this tragic event:

https://www.uua.org/pressroom/press-releases/uus-denounce-complicity

With faith, hope, and love, abiding,

Rev. Mike Walker

Minister, DuPage UU Church