The recent history of the UUA journey toward becoming an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural movement. The Arc of the Universe is Long covers the fourteen years that begin with the passage of the racial and cultural diversity resolution at Calgary, in Canada, in 1992 and traces developments through General Assembly 2006. Using interviews and written records, the authors bring to life the voices and stories that represent many perspectives, all addressing issues of race and ethnicity in our congregations and our association.
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"Takahashi-Morris, Spencer and Roush have written an essential book, a brave and compelling account of the history that we must ponder and understand as we continue our work for racial justice, healing, and reconciliation. They invite us to acknowledge the multiple perspectives shaping our complex struggles over racial justice and enable us to understand the different views of how to best work to end racism and build justice. This is a very human story of how we live together, and try to find together our best selves, selves that are accountable for exploitation and denial, selves that work together for the flourishing of all.
"Arc of the Universe is truly a gift to us all, a labor of integrity and love." - Sharon Welch, provost, Meadville Lombard Theological School
"If you want to understand what transpired in the UUA at the turn of the century there is only one place to start: The Arc of the Universe Is Long: Unitarian Universalists, Anti-Racism, and the Journey from Calgary. It is a comprehensive exploration of a transformation. Beyond honestly capturing the diversity of opinions of that era it offers moving testimonials and powerful stories. Gathering and organizing this important material must have been a herculean task and for that we own the authors our thanks. This fair and even-handed presentation of the UUA's response to the 1992 General Assembly resolution is an invaluable as a resource and yet it is presented in a readable, interesting way that is touched with religious sensibility. They tell a tale of transformation that is as encouraging as it was difficult; it is an invitation to continue beckoning us forward. - Mark Morrison-Reed, author, In Between: Memoir of an Integration Baby and Black Pioneers in a White Denomination