On Jan. 30, 2018, members of Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church (MDUUC) voted unanimously to authorize its board of trustees to consider and act on requests for physical sanctuary for undocumented immigrants under threat of deportation. The congregation also voted to authorize MDUUC to bear public witness in support of the national Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) movements. Both questions were called by the faith community’s board of trustees and strongly endorsed by Lead Minister Reverend Leslie Takahashi, who chairs the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)’s Commission on Institutional Change.
Said Lead Minister Rev. Leslie Takahashi, “In these deeply troubling times, it is truly inspiring to see people reach beyond their knowing and out of their comfort zone. Our vision is to become an exuberantly multicultural, sacred sanctuary for spiritual growth, connection and renewal. I am deeply grateful to Michele Carroll, and the rest of the board of trustees, MDUUC’s Beloved Commitments group, the Racial Justice and the Sanctuary workgroups and my deeply committed colleague the Reverend Neal Anderson for achieving this important milestone in MDUUC history.”