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UU Service

Cliff DuRand

By Jon Sievert

At this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, Cliff DuRand explores the role of social action and ethics in Unitarian Universalism.

UU Service
Social Ethics and Unitarian Universalism
By Cliff DuRand
Sun, Jan 21, 10:30am
Posada de La Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

Unlike most religions, Unitarian Universalism is very this-worldly in its orientation. We don’t share a metaphysics or set of beliefs about another world. Shared values and social ethics are what unite us. We find the foundation for those ethics in our seven principles. Primary among those principles is the recognition of the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

These days we hear a lot about individual responsibility, but not much is said of collective responsibility. But if we are all connected as a society, then we are collectively responsible for each other. A moral order requires more than ethical behavior on an individual level, it also requires that the collective “we” care for one another. It requires that society foster human flourishing.

This is what we mean by the social justice that has informed Unitarians and Universalists for more than 200 years. It made our predecessors vigorous abolitionists in an age when most accepted the enslavement of persons of color as normal. Our UU ancestors were also prominent in the women’s suffrage movement, in anti-war struggles throughout our bloody history, and in the civil rights movement. They have been in the forefront of struggles to build a good society that recognizes the inherent equal worth and dignity of every person in a society that supports the human development of all.

To that end, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende supports the human development of those in our adopted country where worth and dignity is often not recognized. We funnel back into the community more than half of all our Fellowship’s income from pledges and offerings to support scholarship programs for Mexican youth, community health services, clean water, building livable housing, and community organizing to empower campesinos and campesinas to overcome impoverishment. At this week’s service, representatives from the nine organizations currently supported will be present as we kick off our 2018 pledge program.

For 40 years, Dr. Cliff DuRand was a professor at Morgan State University in Baltimore. He and his wife Julie moved to San Miguel in 2004 where he co-founded the Center for Global Justice. A lifelong activist for social justice, he has marched and sat-in, been arrested for acts of civil disobedience, organized, and lectured widely on various social issues.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at Posada de La Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The meeting room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


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