We are living in a shifting and fluid moment of change. And just when we thought we were emerging from the pandemic, the virulent Delta variant had most of us turning back for cover.
It seems too that the lessons of inequity from COVID and racial injustice can be easily ignored. The climate crisis wrought Hurricane Ida, disproportionately impacting Black, Brown, and Indigenous people. Some thought stoking fears of looting more important than meeting their neighbor’s basic human needs.
U.S. Supreme Court decisions have dealt blows against voting, LGBTQ+, and reproductive rights. A steady stream of new voter suppression laws is also threatening our democracy.
Despite familiar pushback, a generational opportunity for enduring change remains. UU World centers a diversity of voices that speak to our collective humanity—and how dismantling systemic racism and discrimination is our shared responsibility.
As we imagine and lean into action for a better world, this issue explores where we can find fellowship, belonging, and community in spiritual and public life. It is our hope that it provides sustenance as we stay the course towards justice.
At the heart of the Unitarian Universalist faith tradition is the fundamental belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person. These values drive the editorial expression of UU World, especially as we navigate this transformative moment together.
May the stories in this issue offer inspiration for our journey.