Next Sunday: The Proposed 8th UU Principle

Paula Cole Jones

April 11, 9:30 a.m.

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Unitarian Universalist congregations around the country are engaged in deep, lively conversations about a proposed 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism that would commit our faith to spiritual growth and action in service of dismantling racism. At least 40 congregations have already adopted the principle and many others are discussing it.

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.

This Sunday, April 11, Paula Cole Jones, the 8th Principle’s co-author will give the sermon via video, just after our own Rev. Beth Chronister gives an introduction to the 8th Principle. 

Three concerns often raised about the need for an 8th Principle are:

  1. Why do you think there is a focus on racism?  Isn’t the proposed 8th Principle unnecessary because our existing principles, especially the 1st and 2nd, already incorporate these concerns? (See comments here).
  2. Isn’t adoption of an 8th Principle something that should take place at the national Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) level?  What does it mean for individual congregations to take this on, what message does it send?
  3. For many, the language of the proposed 8th Principle feels clunky. Shouldn’t it be revised before we consider adopting it? Think about this focus on the wording and not the content. Is wording more important? 

Following the service, the UUC Racial Justice Team will host an 8th Principle Listening Circle on Zoom at 10:45 a.m[More info here.]

The Boise UU Fellowship in Boise, Idaho, adopted the 8th Principle on December 8, 2019. Their Minister, Sarah LaWall, shares her excitement about its transformative potential in this video (7 min. 48 sec.).  We encourage you to watch it when you have time either before or after Sunday’s service.

2 Responses

  1. Fran Barker says:

    how exactly do we access the video and the zoom service?