Adding an Eighth Principle

Included as a point of reference: UUA version as of now
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.”

Canadian version:
“We, the member congregations of the Canadian Unitarian Council, covenant to affirm and promote: ‘Individual and communal action that accountably dismantles racism and other oppressions in ourselves and in our institutions.’

If we want to have a voice in this process as a Congregation, then we need to have as much discussion among members of LUUC as we are motivated to undertake. It may be that finding a consensus will be straightforward — but maybe not. If you are interested in participating in this process, please indicate in the comment area below, and we will proceed from there.

I suggest the report of the CUC Dismantling Racism Committee serve as the starting-point for our discussion:

https://cuc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/CUC-Dismantling-Racism-Final-Report.2021-05.pdf

Access the entire process that the CUC has outlined for approval here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/16DEDgfJc8w1wDcpoBFxvQ8qSzEnLgwWOq2CvYTkf8Jc/edit

One Response to “Adding an Eighth Principle

  1. Hi Susan

    I have read your articles and thought about this over the past several days….. I must say I am not in favour of this being adopted as a Principle because to me this is not a Principle – it is a call to action, and I think it should be just that. It reminds me of the Welcoming Congregation discussions and process – it didn’t become a new Principle (it, like this one, is part of the Inherent Worth and Dignity of Every Person principle #1). Instead, congregations were resourced with suggested process, resolutions and actions to take to make the Welcoming Congregations happen. And they did (I think we lost 2 members in our process…). I think it is a waste of time to discuss whether this should be a Principle – instead I would want to see and hear concrete ACTIONS UU congregations and individuals could do to realize a more diverse understanding, and face to our congregations. Let’s get doing and stop all the blithering! And in Canada it should certainly include all people of colour with a strong focus on our First Nations we have ignored, neglected and abused for so long. I would rather work on the How to be an Ally list of actions than discuss this proposal.

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