Unitarian Universalists Pass Resolution Calling for Protection of Utah’s Wild Lands
In an extraordinary act of faith-based environmental activism, the 2009 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalists passed a resolution on June 28th calling for the protection of Utah’s wild lands. Passage of the resolution, called an “Action of Immediate Witness,” means that more than 1,000 Unitarian Universalist congregations are urged to express support for passage of America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act. The resolution also calls on Unitarians to urge the Bureau of Land Management to prevent damage to Utah’s wild lands from off-road vehicle abuse and road, energy and mineral development.
This exciting and cutting-edge action was spearheaded by Joan Gregory, Coordinator of Environmental Ministry at First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City, who worked tirelessly to organize the effort. A committed team of volunteers from Unitarian communities around the country also enthusiastically devoted their time, energy and passion to educate the more than 3,385 General Assembly attendees about the spiritual and environmental importance of Utah’s wild lands.
The Action of Immediate Witness was grounded in the Seventh Principle of Unitarian Universalism: “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” SUWA applauds and thanks Unitarian Universalists for putting their beliefs into action in such a forward-looking and powerful way. SUWA is excited about working with Unitarian congregations around the country as they implement the Action of Immediate Witness and urge protection of Utah’s precious wild landscapes.