Minister & Board Issue Statement on Changing the Mississippi State Flag

The Minister and Board of UUCJ have issued the following joint statement to the political leadership of the State of Mississippi:

We, as leaders of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Jackson, Mississippi, informed by our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person whole heartedly support the removal of the confederate symbol from the Mississippi State Flag. This confederate symbol has long been championed by hate groups local and abroad.

The flag as it currently stands does not represent all of Mississippi, nor was it intended to do so. The flag flies as a reminder of the institution of white supremacy, and it is time for a change. As Unitarian Universalists, we believe in justice, equity, and compassion in human relations, upholding a goal of a world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all. We understand as part of the interdependent web of existence, we must make this statement.

We call upon the leaders of the state to furl this hateful flag forever and replace it with something that unites us all. We further call upon the leaders of the state to acknowledge the replacement of the state flag is the first of many steps necessary to remove monuments to the confederacy and to promote reconciliation among all Mississippians.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Jackson Minister and Board of Trustees,

Stacy Callender, President

Eric Saulters-Wood, Past-President

David Morgan, Secretary

David Voisin, Treasurer

L. Patricia Ice, Trustee

Robert Keller, Trustee

Justin McCreary, UUCJ Minister