CUUPS, Inc. Resolutions
Solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation
Adopted by the Board 9/13/16
The principles of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans and Unitarian Universalists around the world call for us to respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. Our historic and sacred traditions have roots in the earth-based spiritual traditions of our many ancestors which call us to care for our planet. In these times, when the well-being of our entire ecosystem is threatened, we honor the leadership of Indigenous and First Nations peoples towards creating a more beneficial relationship to the earth and all beings of the earth.
We rise in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, the Lakota people, and all Indigenous Peoples who are fighting to preserve and protect their homes and lands. We are in solidarity with all who declare these things sacred: clean water and air, heathy forests, meadows, prairies and wetlands, and vibrant ways of life that honor people over profit.
We support the courageous actions against the Dakota Access Pipeline. We understand that the pipeline as proposed will cross treaty lands, burial grounds, and the Missouri River, the water source for the tribe as well as for millions of others. We are appalled that this project was approved and construction begun without any meaningful consultation with the tribe, counter to federal law and treaty obligations. We honor the sovereignty and rights of Indigenous Peoples. We join our voices with those demanding that no projects which affect indigenous lands, territories, or resources be undertaken without free, prior, and informed consent as written in the treaties. We support the efforts of indigenous peoples to protect the sacred land and water, as well as to create a future for all of the earth people’s grandchildren.
It is said that prayer is best expressed through action. Our statement is a call for all members and friends of CUUPS to show our support through letters, phone calls, and donations. We must protect the water which is so utterly necessary for all life on earth. Water is life.
The water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux is threatened by construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, which was permitted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in late July, despite the objections of three federal agencies including the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.Supporters are being asked to call their elected representatives to call on them to follow treaty and federal law obligations, and to donate to support the well-being of defenders at Sacred Stone camp. For up-to-date information on what is needed, please visit standingrock.org and sacredstonecamp.org
Statement for Board Endorsement - Consent Culture
Adopted by the Board 3/16/16
Approved by the Membership 10/29/16
CUUPS is an inclusive organization committed to the foundational values regarding sex and sexuality endorsed by the Unitarian Universalist Association of congregations.
Members and friends of CUUPS are aware that our popular western culture often acts as ‘rape culture’, creating non-consensual sexual interactions, colonization, bullying, and other unhealthful conditions for human beings.
We are committed to ushering consent culture fully into active reality in our communities.
Consent culture is a culture in which asking for consent is normalized and encouraged. It is respecting the person's response even if it isn't the response we had hoped for. We will live in a consent culture when we no longer objectify people and we value each other as human beings.
We inherit a tradition of inclusivity from Unitarian Universalism and from Earth-centered spiritualities. Every person is entitled to respect, dignity and self-worth for their attitudes and beliefs about their sensual and sexual selves. All bodies and and human sexuality are sacred.
We are a community of people of all ages, cultures, genders, sexual orientation, social status, and mental and physical abilities who are welcomed and treated with hospitality and dignity.
We promote education and information regarding the belief that all persons have the right to accurate and readily available information about responsible choices, sex and sexuality that enhances the wholeness and fulfillment of consensual sexual expression, touch, commitment, love, and joy.
We work toward social justice that acknowledges the often harmful, even violent, cultural biases and stigmas past and present associated with bodies, sex and sexuality against persons outside the narrow Western definition of sex and relationship.
We assert that every person has an affirmative duty to actively own their own physical expression and sexuality and take responsibility for for that in an honest, accountable and responsive way without coercion, bullying, mental and or physical abuse, rape and assault, social discrimination or intimidation.
We believe that every human has the right to live without fear of being outed or targeted, marginalized or oppressed by individuals, groups, institutions or other religious adherents.
We recognize the right of all people to control our own bodies in all areas of life.
Suggested action steps:
Be consent allies: learn more, practice and intervene in any situation where consent has not or can not be given.
Encourage parents of children and young people to enroll their children in Our Whole Lives (OWL) classes within UU congregational settings, as designed and led by credentialed OWL facilitators trained to work with specific age groups within the overall OWL guidelines.
Encourage all people to participate in young-adult OWL, adult OWL and facilitator training within local congregations, including raising funds to train facilitators.
Implement action steps from UU curriculum and consent culture training to make our spaces safe, for children, youth and adults in our congregations, religious education settings and gatherings that we sponsor, host, or participate in.
CUUPS Resolution on #Black Lives Matter
Adopted October 2015
The Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans, Inc., affirms the intention of all members and friends to be in solidarity with those seeking justice and an end to violence. We are called to dialogue, action and maintaining a "a strong voice" to end systematic dehumanizing of anyone due to race, religion, or the prejudicial thinking we put between ourselves and others. We honor all members of the human family on our beloved planet called Earth.
We, the members of CUUPS, Inc., are witnesses and call on members and friends to act as partners in the work to create more justice in our broader communities. We wish to express our deep sadness and outrage in the wake of the numerous and ongoing deaths of black and brown people. None of us can be truly safe or free when some lives have value and others don't. The sacred value of a human life is not superficial.
We must each find the way in which our own gifts meet the need of the world. For some that will be participating in protests on the streets. For some that will be supporting the protesters through concrete or emotional means. For some it will mean writing and talking. For some it will mean getting educated further about unlearning racism. For some it will mean doing research into root causes or effective ways to create more justice; or creating safe spaces for the anger and rage and violence within to be expressed and released. For others it will be providing training and learning opportunities for others. In particular, we call on every white person to boost the voices of people of color, to renew soul searching for the dimensions of your own white privilege, to find the ways you are called to interrupt the culture of racism, and to take action.
Those of us who look to earth-based or Pagan spiritual sources have particular resources to offer. We offer the soul-enriching connection to earth. We offer ritual and pageantry. We offer theo/alogies of celebration of difference. Whatever the shape of your calling, follow it. Let us remain faithful to the work that must be done and dedicate ourselves to building a world where injustice is only a memory. We urge all siblings in the human family to return to the sacred sources that feed our deepest selves and remind us that we are beloved children of the divine, woven into one tapestry. Our world can be a better one. We must do the difficult work to make it so. #BlackLivesMatter
Suggested actions include:
- Connect with the group “Showing Up for Racial Justice” (showingupforracialjustice.org)
- Partner with others in your faith communities to read and reflect together on a book such as one by Ta-Nehesi Coates, Michelle Alexander, or Crystal Blanton.
CUUPS Resolution on Environmental Justice
Adopted October 2015
The Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans affirms and supports environmental justice as expressed in the Pagan Community Statement on the Environment[link] and with the Commit2Respond Coalition (commit2repond.org).
We embrace nature as sacred and acknowledge our part in the web of life. Damage to the Earth's ecosystem weighs on us, and we support collective and individual actions toward a truer sustainability. Through a diverse mosaic of spiritual journeys while partnering collectively, we act to build a better world of climate justice amid the natural beauty and power our environment affords. We urge and invite every person to consider and take actions suggested on the Commit2Respond site.
CUUPS Resolution on Religious Freedom & Abuse Prevention
Adopted in 1990
Whereas the broader Pagan community has been quite concerned over accusations that Pagan religion involves child abuse; and
Whereas history is replete with unfortunately examples of scapegoating minority groups and religions in this way, and whereas we recognize the destructiveness of physical and sexual abuse, and that such abuse is profound, real and widespread, affecting individuals and social structures in which they live;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans urges the careful evaluation of reported incidents of abuse, in order to distinguish between established fact and unfounded allegations based solely on religious affiliation, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED That CUUPS affirms its commitment to the Child Abuse Neglect resolution of the 1977 UUA General Assembly urging "all persons to support ... programs in child abuse and neglect, specifically by reporting incidents of ... abuse (and) supporting...services to abusing and neglecting families," and the resolution On Children Poverty and Violence adopted by the 1984 General Assembly advocating "the strengthening ... of legislation and programs (to) prevent child abuse and alleviate the effects of family violence, where it exists," and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED That CUUPS reasserts its commitment to the Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association:
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
For resources regarding abuse in which involves a UU Congregation see: http://www.uua.org/safe
For resources regarding abuse elsewhere see: National Child abuse hotline... http://www.childhelp.org/pages/hotline-home or http://www.rainn.org/