A WELCOMING CONGREGATION IN BILLERICA
At First Parish Church Billerica we affirm the inherent worth and dignity of EVERY person.
THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES AND SIX SOURCES OF THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST ASSOCIATION GREW OUT OF THE GRASSROOTS OF OUR COMMUNITIES, WERE AFFIRMED DEMOCRATICALLY, AND ARE PART OF WHO WE ARE:
Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote seven Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides.
We live out these Principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience.
Unitarian Universalism's Seven Principles
1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
A Statement by the Trustees of First Parish Church in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter
First Parish Church in Billerica values the inherent worth and dignity of all people. A movement called Black Lives Matter asks our society to take a hard and authentic look at the continued state violence and institutionalized racism against Black and Brown people – and our congregation, through our Trustees, is resolved to stand in solidarity with this movement.
As Unitarian Universalists, our dedication to global justice, equity, and dignity leads us to join hands across lines of race, class, age, and geography and work for an end to the injustices faced by Black and Brown people in our communities, so that every person is treated equally under the law and has a fair chance at life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Black Lives Matter is a movement and a stance in response to this reality: the United States was built on a legacy of slavery, racism, and oppression that continues to take new, ever-changing forms. To say that “Black Lives Matter” doesn’t mean that Black and Brown lives are more important than other lives, or that all lives don’t matter. The systemic devaluing of Black and Brown lives calls us to bear witness, even as we acknowledge that oppression takes many intersecting forms.
Our faith declares that the racial profiling, police brutality, voting restrictions, and mass imprisonment of Black and Brown people in the United States is a moral outrage.
As the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. declared: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” To that end, we commit to working through our own personal issues of racism so that we may become, in our individual lives and in the life of our congregation, anti-racist; and we further resolve to be partners in the dismantling of the systems in place which continue to perpetuate institutional and personal racism.
Our faith calls us to affirm that Black Lives Matter.
Adopted unanimously by the Trustees of First Parish Church at our regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 17th, 2020