As the situation in Ukraine continues to unfold, there has been an outpouring of prayers and concern from Unitarian Universalists. We hope that you will continue to hold the people of Ukraine in your hearts, and everyone around the world who are suffering because of war and injustice. In the links below, we have gathered our most up to date information on how UUs in the United States and around the world are responding to the humanitarian need, and to amplify the ways that we can all help. With you on the journey,
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This UUA statement amplifies the Unitarian Universalist outcry against the terrible events in Ukraine. Russian aggression is a stark reminder of the authoritarianism and imperialism of colonialist ideologies globally—which endanger the lives and well-being of BIPOC individuals, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and other marginalized populations. The statement includes information from our organizational partners to help us grapple with the intersectionality of world events and take meaningful action in response to the crisis.
At the time that news broke about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Unitarian Universalists were also outraged at the harmful Texas legislation attacking trans children and their families—which is an affront to the worth and dignity of the entire human family. Side With Love issued a statement making important connections between the violations occurring domestically and abroad.
UU World partnered with Bruce Knotts, Director of the UU office at the United Nations, to highlight valuable history and perspective on the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. In this story, Knotts shares background on the early UU connections to the United Nations’ Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
The UUA has been working closely with our partners at the UU Service Committee, an organization dedicated to advancing human rights and social justice, to support an international community of grassroots partners and advocates. They have created an emergency relief fund to support Ukraine and we are committed to amplifying their humanitarian work.
Staff in our International Resources office have been in contact with Unitarians and Unitarian Universalists outside of the United States. They have gathered information on additional ways to help those impacted. Learn how you can support the refugee work of the Hungarian Unitarian Church and the Faithify campaign of the International Women’s Convocation.
ICYMI: Last month, we shared a Twitter thread on the diversity of belief and practice and the uniqueness of Unitarian Universalism’s non-creedal faith, and it resonated with many. Join us on Twitter to read this thread and find more spiritual connections.