Originally Published: February 20, 2016 9:25 a.m.
PRESCOTT - After its Feb. 14 service, the Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation re-installed a "Black Lives Matter" banner on the church property, 882 Sunset Ave. This banner was originally installed on Aug. 30, but was taken down in order for Granite Peak UU members to carry it in the Martin Luther King Day peace and justice march.
Granite Peak's Social Justice Ministry Facilitator, Hanne Stone, called it "an action of public witness to proclaim that we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
"Our congregation, believes it is an act of our faith to stand on the side of the oppressed and marginalized members of our community and to work for social justice for all," she said. "In our faith, we believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person."
Social justice is a foundation of the Unitarian Universalist faith. The denomination, which often refers to itself as "UUs," prioritizes taking action and living out their values in a visible and public way, a news release stated.
"A defining social justice cause is the fight against systemic racial discrimination. Displaying a Black Lives Matter banner proclaims that we won't sit quietly and hope the racial discrimination and injustice will go away," Stone said, acknowledging that displaying the banner won't bring about change by itself, but "it does proclaim to all who pass by, it makes the statement loud and clear, that we believe that all black lives matter."
The Granite Peak Congregation has 135 members and was formed in 1999. Granite Peak recently called a new, full-time minister, the Rev. Karla Brockie. Their Sunday service begins at 10 a.m. and a full children's religious education program is available.