BOD Statement on Racial Justice, 2020

Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church’s Board of Directors and Reverend Pippin, in solidarity with AUUC’s Racial Justice group, decry the racially charged police murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many more Black lives. We must live our faith by affirming the inherent worth and dignity of every person through our actions and relationships, and we must acknowledge the systems of oppression that function to harm our Black community members. These systems, like our oppressive police structure, biased health care, paycheck inequity, and so many more, exist in the larger American experience, as well as in our own community experience in Northern Virginia. We reaffirm our commitment to not just acknowledging the systems of white supremacy that exist within our own faith, and in our own beloved AUUC congregation, but we pledge to move through and beyond uncomfortable discussions, and toward action to dismantle these systems. We encourage everyone in our community to seek out the actions and resources posted in the “This Week at Accotink” email and on our website and social media as we move forward.

“If you live in this system of white supremacy, you are either fighting the system or you are complicit. There is no neutrality to be had towards systems of injustice, it is not something you can just opt out of.”
― Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race