In light of the clarion calls from within our denomination to recognize the white supremacist system in which we are immersed, it is useful to remember that Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote in his April, 16, 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail that we must be “extremists for the extension of justice.” MLK was influenced by the methods of non-violent protest utilized by Mahatma Gandhi and our own Henry David Thoreau, whose treatise “Civil Disobedience” is a classic on the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process, our 5th UU principle. Let us embrace the charge MLK gave to us.

Charlotte Lehmann, M.S., M.Div., is currently serving the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee as their Interim Minister; she is a life-long UU, who has called the Midwest, New England, Mid-Atlantic, and now the Southeast home. Charlotte enjoys travelling and has also spent significant amounts of time in the other two geographic regions of the U.S., as well as overseas. She is curious about cultures other than the one is which she was raised and is committed to social and environmental justice movements. Charlotte bases her life and work in the theology and practice of Unitarian Universalism, including its second principle: the affirmation and promotion of “justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.”