~ Your Racial Justice Action Team
commitment, questions, nuance
More than 150 congregation members participated in the recent Racial Justice Survey, providing helpful insight into future endeavors, and demonstrating once again the thoughtful and heartfelt reflections of our community.
Almost everyone agreed that University UCC should continue to make racial justice a priority, and most people demonstrated a commitment to working with and taking part in efforts to make us an “anti-racist” church.
Respondents strongly support including education about race in our education programs, and most people expressed support for displaying a “Black Lives Matter” banner. (An issue currently being pursued by Church Council.)
More than half of respondents acknowledged that they sometimes noticed their own anti-racist thoughts, and folks generally disagreed with the statement, “I do not see color when interacting with people of a different race.” People also indicated that UCUCC has not yet done enough toward becoming an anti-racist church.
Just under a third of those who responded indicated that they had participated in at least one racial justice event, ranging from the recent Lenten Book Groups to participation at Seabeck. Awareness of relevant events seems to be reasonably high, although knowledge of some of the one-time smaller workshop events was less.
Ninety percent of those who responded to the survey reported their race as white, Caucasian or European, and five percent reported being Asian, Japanese or Asian-American. Three percent reported being Black or Bi-racial. Not all respondents reported their age. Sixty three said they were over 65; 49 were between age 41 and age 65; 5 were between 25 and 4 reported being under age 25.
The narrative responses to the survey contain many great ideas and considerable subtlety.
While reading through them takes a few minutes, it provides a valuable window into our community’s commitment to justice overall, and willingness to wrestle with difficult topics. We invite you to examine the detailed survey responses and see for yourself!
>> Racial Justice Survey results with charts & responses
Thank you for participating. We will take what you have shared with us to heart as we plan future actions and events.