The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has just released two new resources to help communities engage with immigrant justice work in anticipation of the upcoming Justice General Assembly in Phoenix.
The first, United States Immigration: Theological Reflection and Discussion, is a collection of 22 brief excerpts from sermons and writings about the topic of immigration offered for Unitarian Universalist congregations. Each excerpt is followed by questions for discussion. You can download a copy of this resource and find out more by listening to a reflection from its authors, Susan Karlson, Michael Tino, and Colin Bossen, on The Journey Toward Phoenix, an internet-based radio blog hosted by Rev. Carlton Elliot Smith of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, Virginia.
The second resource grapples with the “Doctrine of Discovery”—the legal justification for colonizing the Americas and subordinating aboriginal people. The Doctrine of Discovery discussion guide and its accompanying video, The Doctrine of Discovery: The True Story of Colonizing the Americas, invite us to shape new cultural, civic, and religious identity stories that include and embrace the perspectives of those who have been marginalized. The guide is composed of three one-hour sessions that define the issue, contextualize it with native voices, and guide a plan of action.