Proposed 8th Principle

8th Principle in English

“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.”

8º Principio en Español

“Nosotros, las congregaciones miembros de la Asociación Unitaria Universalista, nos comprometemos a afirmar y promover: viajar hacia la plenitud espiritual trabajando para construir una Amada Comunidad multicultural diversa mediante nuestras acciones que desmantelen responsablemente el racismo y otras opresiones en nosotros mismos y en nuestras instituciones.”

At this stage in the process, congregations need to adopt the proposed principle as it is written. The wording of the 8th Principle will be substantially debated on the floor of the UUA General Assembly and will likely be changed as a result. By voting to approve it now, with the wording as presented, we are ensuring that when it comes to the floor of the GA, it is not mired in myriad drafts and inter-group conflict about the wording. In addition, the current wording was written by African American leadership and allies in the UUA and endorsed by Black Lives of UU (BLUU) and Diverse Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries (DRUMM). By using this wording we are actively centering their voices. While it is phrased differently than our other 7 principles, it was specifically worded to express the need for accountable action because the implicit language of dignity, respect, equity, and inclusion in the current principles has not resulted in sustained and significant change toward anti-racism in the UUA and its congregations.

To learn more on your own about the proposed 8th Principle go to https://www.8thprincipleuu.org/

Thank you from your Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Ministry (DIBM) 

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