Our Story

file6101259031056This article was originally posted on February 13, 2014.

In 2007, Gene Stevens, a World War II vet and lifelong fighter for justice asked for assistance to speak at the Joys and Sorrows microphone at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Santa Cruz County (UUFSCC). He expressed sorrow that at this late stage in his life, he had learned of so many enslaved children throughout the world and asked this congregation to take action. This request inspired this local congregation’s commitment to educate itself and then spread the word throughout our faith that we must take action to eliminate human trafficking and slavery. As part of this effort, UUFSCC proposed at the 2010 and 2012 General Assembly that modern slavery be the UU’s CSAI.

In the spring of 2011, the Abolition team at UUFSCC expanded to include multiple congregations. Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern, senior minister of a nearby congregation in Palo Alto, California, joined the effort. With expanded interest during the 2012 General Assembly, we formed the UU Abolitionists, a coalition of UUs working with congregations throughout the country on human trafficking and modern slavery.

We presented our first training workshop at a conference of the UU Pacific Central District in the fall of 2011. We built further interest via a conversation / information hour at the Pacific Central District Assembly in April 2012. Also, we have networked extensively not only with anti-slavery organizations, but also with many UU individuals and groups beyond our district with interest in ending slavery.

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