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.”

Significantly the proposed 8th Principle calls us as individuals and as a faith community to be active and accountable in living our other 7 Principles with a specific focus on being anti-racist since race and racism are so foundational and pervasive in our culture.

Accountably dismantling racism happens on a personal and organizational level. On the personal level this means being willing to examine our own lives relative to race, lessons learned and unconsciously absorbed about different races including our own, pre-conceived notions about specific groups of people, ways in which we experience privilege or oppression, and ways in which we may have caused harm to others consciously or unconsciously.

Accountability calls us to be open, willing to learn, and actively working to raise our awareness about racism and accept the consequences of our choices, actions, words and behaviors. Importantly, within the context of our faith community, it calls for us to make changes as we do this work of anti-racism together in loving and forgiving ways.

On an organizational level, accountably dismantling racism means examining all that we do as a church including worship, social justice, stewardship, lifespan education, welcoming and membership, governance, policy, administration and finance to ensure that we are functioning in support of anti-racism. It means listening to and lifting up the voices of BIOPOC and other oppressed groups and knowing how to support and respect their leadership. It means asking if our decisions, activities and/or proposed changes harm or help us in becoming more diverse, inclusive and fostering belonging for all.

 

 

We’d love to hear from you. Your  comments and your email address will be anonymous.

from the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Ministry (DIBM), 8th Principle Ambassadors – Sandy Sladen, Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Bryna Blum, Walter Gendell, Sue Caspari, and Denise Janssen Eager

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