An 8th UU Principle Invitation

"The 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism" with a flaming chalice

“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.”

We invite you to sit with the words of the proposed 8th UU Principle. What values is it upholding? Who is it calling each of us and our church to be? What is it calling you to do? What if the words “journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse, multicultural Beloved Community” are an invitation to giving and receiving more love?

Embodying this principle will require our thoughtful and loving actions to build a Beloved Community. We can’t just wish it into being. So, how do we become more aware of our very human personal biases and expectations, because not all of them support the truths of our POC siblings. The proposed 8th UU Principle tells us that we are all in this together. And everyone’s help is welcomed into the transformative work of remedying UUC of its institutional biases. There is a place for us all here.

The proposed 8th UU Principle’s call to dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions is a call to foster this spiritual wholeness. It is not about punishing anyone for their biases or privilege. Accountability is about facing our country’s history of genocide, enslavement, and contempt for the inherent dignity and worth of every person. It is about listening, hearing, seeing the truths of people of the global majority in our church community and beyond. It is about finding a bigger, more generous love. Loving bigger will involve truth telling, grief, and fostering relationships with values of care, recognition, respect, commitment, and trust.

This won’t be easy. The path is not clear, and we will need to build bridges along the way. But this is life in relationship. May we choose this work of building the Beloved Community where all souls are welcomed as blessing.

The UUC 8th Principle Process Team asks for UUC members to join us this Sunday in voting ‘yes’ on the adoption of the proposed 8th UU Principle at our Special Congregational Meeting. Adoption of the proposed 8th UU Principle has been endorsed by a broad spectrum of individuals and groups in our congregation, including UUC’s:

Antiracism Study Group | Art Committee | Board of Trustees | Care Team | Caring Shawls Knit & Crochet Circle | Economic Justice Team | Equity Team | Family Ministry Visioning Team | Horizon House UUC Members | Immigrant Justice Team | Interfaith Justice Team | Interweave | Music Committee | Racial Justice Team | Social Justice Steering Committee | Stewardship Committee | Wise Women Support Group

As of January 23, 2022, 150 UU congregations and groups in the US and Canada have adopted the proposed 8th UU Principle, including East Shore Unitarian Church in Bellevue, First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, First Unitarian Fellowship in Boise, and All Souls Church in Washington, D.C.

You can read our 8th UU Principle Endorsements here – Proposed 8th UU Principle: Endorsements from UUC Groups – University Unitarian Church (uuchurch.org)

We invite you to listen and read our 8th UU Principle Testimonials from UUC members here – Proposed 8th UU Principle Testimonials – University Unitarian Church (uuchurch.org)

And here is the link for more information on the 8th UU Principle overall – Proposed 8th UU Principle – University Unitarian Church (uuchurch.org)

With love and appreciation from UUC’s 8th Principle Process Team,

Christine Edgar | Anne Eskridge | Judy Hait | Dinah Hartley | Steve Johnson | Dan Lathrop | Debbie Maranville | Pat Marks | Scott Maxon | Jewels Mellen | Susan Ruby | Catherine Ruha | Pam Smith-Mentz | Meta Thayer

For more information, please contact Debbie Maranville, Jewels Mellen, Catherine Ruha, or any member of our 8th Principle Process Team.