Revising Article II of the UUA Bylaws: Initial Draft

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  1. David Bockoven says:

    I like all the values listed in the draft. I’m especially happy to see pluralism and equity as making it into the final seven. (I also like that we’re back to seven so that we can go back to using the rainbow as part of our iconography.) I do, however, sorely miss seeing some other personal values here such as democracy, sustainability, and inquiry (or intellectual curiosity). I’m skeptical of making Love be the core value that the others are all revolving around. Love is an important value, but it’s also ambiguous and can be applied to many different areas of focus. For example, I’m thinking of the end of the novel 1984 where Winston Smith loves Big Brother. Love can also inspire a sense of blindness in its adherents. For example, the people who love Donald Trump love him so much that they are blind to his many faults. For me, personally, love really needs to be tempered with realism. Unchecked love can be the basis of extreme nationalism. (I guess I’m more of a “head” person than a “heart” person?) Also, I have heard this phrase “Beloved Community” being bandied about quite a bit among UU circles for some time, but it feels like jargon to me. I’ve never known what it means. I would probably vote in favor of some version of this although I’m also of the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” school of thought, and I didn’t see what was wrong with the previous 7 Principles. I’ve only ever been a marginal UU as it is, and I’m really only here because of a lack of viable alternatives. I wonder if the new regime will push me further away? I really don’t know. It doesn’t excite me more than the previous 7 Principles, which was one of the factors in favor of me attending a UU church in the first place.

    • Jonathan Tweet says:

      Thanks for sharing, David. Lots of us love the seven principles, and the last time the UUA tried to change our article 2, a grassroots response voted them down.

      • KM Lusignan says:

        David and Jonathan:

        Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I understand the 2009 efforts were narrowly voted down and from what I heard, included plenty of enthusiasm and valuable suggestions, such as adding the arts as a Source (see p. 62 of Tom Owen-Towle’s “Theology Ablaze”). I am incorporating this Art as 7th Source language in my own proposed rewrite draft I hope to do for my feedback response.

        I would propose to keep but edit the new language of Values and Covenants, but also, following the intent of the Charge to “lead us into the second quarter of the 21st Century, while honoring the historic roots of our liberal, progressive faith,” I would retain, edit, and condense the Principles and Sources. I don’t believe the “Inspirations” paragraph works as a substitute for the Sources. I think the “Values and Covenants” have a lot of important components but don’t retain everything of value in the Principles.

        Also, I do hope that UUC and WSUU get a chance to maybe discuss together as we move closer to GA, if there is enough interest in our congregations. Nice to see your group (though it was too small on my screen to see faces) attending together at that feedback session the other night!