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Call for Personal Testimony on Racism

The UUA Commission on Institutional Change requests personal accounts and stories about how racism has affected individuals and groups within Unitarian Universalism at the personal, institutional, or systemic levels. It is seeking to document incidents that occurred between individual Unitarian Universalists, within a congregational or Associational setting, or as a result of white-centeredness embedded within the greater Unitarian Universalist culture. Within this context, the Commission asks you to respond to the following questions with specific examples:

  • In what ways have you or your group or community been hurt by current racist and culturally biased attitudes and practices within Unitarian Universalism?
  • In what ways have we, as a faith community, been living outside of our values and commitments?

Please note that no information provided in these testimonials will be shared with attribution without the prior consent of the author. The Commission is mindful that certain details in submissions can be revealing and commits to treating all submissions with full trust and confidence.

How to Submit Your Testimony

Submissions—written, audio, or video format—in response to this set of questions will be accepted through January 31, 2018. Anyone is welcome to submit testimony.

  • Audio Submissions: MP3 format is best.
  • Video Submissions: MP4 format is best.
  • Written Submissions: Please use this convenient form (Word or PDF) which contains the questions listed above.

If you have a story to share, review the full request and submit your testimony.


This information is facilitated in part by fair share contributions of other congregations to the UUA/JPD Annual Program Fund.


Glen Schmiesing

Former Co-chair, UUFN Denominational Affairs