Invitation to Reflect on the Proposed 8th UU Principle

The 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism

As we experience the racial reckoning caused by the police killing of George Floyd in May of last year, we are observing the one-year anniversary of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia in February and in March, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky and Manuel Ellis in Tacoma. They are among over 200 Black people killed by police in this country in 2020.

Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) and other Black members of our faith believe there is a need to renew our commitment to dealing with racism at the systemic level in our congregations. The 8th Principle was written to address the issues of racism and other oppressions specifically. Paula Cole Jones, a former Unitarian Universalist Association staff member and one of the developers of the 8th Principle, will be featured in our Sunday church service on April 11.

The UUC Racial Justice Team is inviting members to reflect on the 8th Principle, using it as a vehicle for meaningful engagement with each other as we continue the work of exploring what it means to become an antiracist congregation:

“We covenant to affirm and promote journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working toward a diverse, multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”

We will be offering a Listening Circle following the April 11 service to hear some of your reflections. Please join us.

For more information on the 8th Principle please see https://www.8thprincipleuu.org/background.