Unitarian Universalism is a religion of this time and place. It is a religion that confronts injustice and deprivation with optimism that change is possible. As Unitarian theologian and abolitionist Theodore Parker wrote, “I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. And from what I can see I am sure it bends towards justice.”
The history of our movement is one of leadership for social change. From abolitionists like Parker to civil rights activists and martyrs like Reverend James Reeb and Viola Liuzzo, Unitarian Universalists have, in the words of Sister Simone Campbell, “Walked towards trouble.” Recently, Unitarian Universalist ministers were among the first to marry couples who had been refused marriage because they were of the same sex. Unitarian Universalists have been arrested for protesting unjust immigration policies.
At First Parish Plymouth we confront injustice and deprivation in many ways from collections of food for hungry families,