Letter from Jewish-identified UU clergy to Unitarian Universalists: ‘White supremacy culture and anti-Semitism are bound up together and must be challenged.’
A group of Jewish-identified Unitarian Universalist clergy* has published an open letter to Unitarian Universalists urging them to “notice and name anti-Semitism” as UUs challenge white supremacy culture.
“Jews are one of many targets of these rising waves of hatred,” the clergy write. “This is not surprising: ‘Jewishness’ as ‘other’ has long been bound up with social constructions of race and racialized oppression. Some Jewish people experience white skin privilege; some do not. White supremacy culture and anti-Semitism are bound up together and must be challenged.”
When first published, the letter included the signatures of twenty-six clergy. The full text of the open letter, which appears on the website and Facebook page of Unitarian Universalists for Jewish Awareness, includes links to a variety of resources.
An earlier version of this post identified the original group of signers as “Jewish-identified Unitarian Universalist ministers.” One of the signers is a rabbi who serves a Unitarian Universalist congregation. Click here to return to the updated paragraph.
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Christopher L. Walton is editor of UU World. He holds degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the University of Utah and is a member of the Church of the Larger Fellowship.
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