Unitarian Universalism is a religious movement that focuses on bringing about justice, equity and compassion in this world – not in the hereafter. In every era, Unitarians, Universalists, and Unitarian Universalists have been called to put their values into practice by taking action in the wider world.
Our movement has fought for prison reform, an end to slavery, the right to vote for women, and has led the way in campaigns to legalize same-sex marriage. In a country with enough resources for all, the persistent injustice of hunger calls for the same kind of organized response.
Our seven principles tell us that:
- We are each inherently worthy of love
- We each deserve to live with dignity
- Access to wisdom is in each of us
- Our lives take place within an interdependent web of relationships, connecting each of us to all
- We are at once free, and responsible: free to choose the teachings that guide us as we seek meaning and purpose, yet responsible to balance our own needs and values against the importance of making justice and equality real for all people.
Our experience tells us that without access to a nutritious and varied diet, none of us can live lives of dignity, secure in the knowledge we are loved and worthy. And so, our movement calls us to take action to end hunger. We do this in response to the reminder made famous by the great Martin Luther King, Jr: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
The importance of ending hunger transcends any of the differences that so often divide us. In fact, it requires us to come together – as people of all faiths, and as those who do not identify with any faith tradition. Just as many ordinary citizens fought to bring an end to slavery, may we act on our democratic rights, and use our voices as citizens, until unequal access to food is no longer a reality in this province.