Social Justice/Anti-Oppression

Love rally in response to explicit white supremacy in our community

Social justice is how we live our faith out loud. It says we will not stand for a world in which some forms of humanity are not upheld as sacred and worthy. You can read an essay I wrote about the theology of anti-oppression work here.

Working against systems of oppression is deep spirit work that I practice in my personal life and with the congregations I serve. In 2018, my congregation and I decided we would jointly sponsor an asylum seeker who was fleeing El Salvador due to gender-based discrimination.

I would never ask my congregation to do something I wouldn’t. I will always walk with and encourage people to lend themselves to the causes of justice in whatever ways they can.

Protesting water shutoffs in Detroit

Julie is not only musically gifted, she is very compassionate. She asked the congregation to learn and call me by my Korean name, even though I usually give an American one because my real name is hard to say.

Ji-Hyang Gwak, CUUB pianist
At the First Unitarian Society of Madison, Wisconsin