UUC Board of Trustees Endorses the Proposed 8th UU Principle

The 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism

As a community that covenants to awaken spirit, nurture hope, and inspire action, the Board of Trustees of University Unitarian Church vigorously recommends the adoption of the 8th Principle. The proposed 8th Principle supports our church Vision to be a community that vocally and actively opposes injustice and stands in prophetic judgment of all that would diminish the equality and dignity of human beings. This 8th Principle affirms and makes explicit the critical importance of diversity, inclusion, and equity for our journey to spiritual wholeness found in our seven UU Principles. While racism and oppression remain insidious and unacceptably common, our work to address the harm inflicted must continue. Dismantling racist oppression fits our long faith tradition of working toward liberation, and is, at its center, rooted in love. Because our lives are connected and mutually dependent, we must not do this as individuals alone but as a collective, bound by faith and affection.

With open minds, full hearts, and strong resolve, we recommend that all members adopt this principle not only with our votes but with our lives and actions.

UUC Board of Trustees

The 8th Principle Process Team continues to receive testimonials from members and endorsements from UUC groups. You can read them all here: uuchurch.org/social-justice/proposed-8th-uu-principle/.

8th Principle Information Sessions in December – Please Join Us!

The members of UUC will be voting on adopting the proposed 8th UU Principle in 2022. We invite you to the following 8th UU Principle Information Sessions to get information, ask questions and share your reflections on the proposed 8th Principle:

  • Sunday, December 5, after the first service, 10:30am to 11:15am; and after the second service, 12:15pm to 1:30pm; grab a cup of coffee and join us downstairs in Emerson
  • Thursday, December 9, 7–8 p.m. via Zoom (Find the Zoom link in UUC Connect or contact the church office.)

For more information on UUC’s 8th Principle Process visit the Proposed 8th UU Principle webpage.

Contact: Jewels Mellen.

The Proposed 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism
“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.” www.8thprincipleuu.org