President Susan Frederick-Gray writes: ‘It is tempting to want to believe that sexual harassment and assault do not happen within our own faith tradition, among our leaders, or within congregations.’
UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray published an essay on Facebook today about the #MeToo campaign that is drawing attention to the pervasiveness of sexual harassment and assault.
“It is tempting to want to believe that sexual harassment and assault do not happen within our own faith tradition, among our leaders, or within congregations,” she writes. “But this is naïve and false. Just as we are being asked to confront the culture of white supremacy within and beyond Unitarian Universalism, we have much work to do to understand the way that patriarchy and sexism operate in society and in ourselves. In all of these forms of oppression, we see the ways that dominant forms of power—consciously and unconsciously—can discount, distort, and even seek to destroy those who speak truth in the face of abusive power.”
Read her essay “Reflection on #MeToo.”
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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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