Florida Unitarian Universalist Ministers’ Statement on Trayvon Martin Case

March 23, 2012

Unitarian Universalist ministers from around the state gathering in Jacksonville, Florida for their annual meeting today issued the following statement regarding last month’s tragic killing of Trayvon Martin in Central Florida.

Whereas serious questions remain about the events of February 26 and the investigation into those events; and

Whereas the public outrage surrounding this case is reflective of deeper issues in our society and the lived experience of many of its people of color; and

Whereas these individual incidents are not isolated occurrences but rather are fueled by consistent messages of fear and division in our national and political discourse; and

Whereas all people deserve the full blessings of justice, equity, and compassion in our society and in our justice system;

We therefore call for a thorough investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin.

We, as Unitarian Universalist clergy, commit ourselves, personally and professionally, to continue the hard work of transforming ourselves and our congregation, as well as our society and its institutions, by:

Moving beyond tolerance to deeper understanding and appreciation of our differences; and

Fostering an atmosphere of compassion, understanding, and hope rather than one of hate, judgment, and fear; and

Fostering healthy relationships between and among diverse communities; and

Fostering connection rather than division; and

Finally, we, the undersigned, commit to face these challenges by standing together on the side of love.

(signatures here)

For more information,

About Unitarian Universalism, see uua.org

About Unitarian Universalism in Florida, see floridadistrict.org

About the Standing on the Side of Love Campaign, see http://www.standingonthesideoflove.org

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3 Responses to Florida Unitarian Universalist Ministers’ Statement on Trayvon Martin Case

  1. Your Heartland UUMA Colleagues voted to adopt your statement as well this week. See http://revcyn.blogspot.com/2012/03/heartland-unitarian-universalist.html for more details.

  2. Pingback: Reflecting on the Last Several Weeks – The Trayvon Martin Case Continues | Growing in Place

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