A Post Election Message from the UUMA
Friday, November 18, 2016
Last week was a hard week and a long week. No doubt there is some relief that the long, ugly United States presidential election cycle is over. Yet, many of us have been left reeling, feeling adrift with anxiety, confusion, fear, even rage.
This election cycle surfaced significant voter suppression efforts (even if otherwise named), endangering fundamental provisions of the democratic process in the United States. It produced policy proposals that heretofore would have been deemed un-American: building a wall at our southern border, banning Muslims from entering the country, and the deportation of millions of people.
The race for the United States presidency not only unveiled the depths of division in the American electorate, it brought vitriol, misogyny, racism, and xenophobia to the fore. Many of us, along with many in our congregations, feel lost, depressed, angered. Some feel endangered.
We write in an effort to offer support, especially to those who feel misogyny, racism and xenophobia personally and deeply. As we minister to those we engage in our daily lives, we sometimes forget (or feel we’ve run out of time) to minister to ourselves and each other.
Now is a time for more than words. Now is a time for the will to act. Please be proactive in caring for yourselves. Please be proactive in reaching out to colleagues who may be in need of support and encouragement. Please be proactive in asking for comfort and help.
And please know you are valuable and loved.
The Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association’s Committee for Antiracism, Anti-Oppression and Multiculturalism
The Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association Board of Trustees
The Rev. Don Southworth, Executive Director, Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association