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

8th Principle Recent Posts

So Where Do We Go From Here?

At our recent Annual Congregational Meeting our UUCOD members voted strongly to adopt the 8th Principle as one of our own.

But more importantly, and closer to home, what does passing the 8th Principle mean to us at UUCOD? Where do we go from here since adopting this principle is just the beginning of a journey that we will create and make together.

Are we proposing this principle because we are doing something wrong?

This is one of the thought provoking questions we have been asked over the past several months related to the proposed 8th Principle. The simple answer is, No. However, this does not mean we cannot do more that is right. Remember, we are attempting to Widen the Circle of Concern and to become as welcoming and inclusive as possible so that ALL truly feel that they belong here. 

Why do we need another principle about racism? Don’t our other 7 principles address this?

After many years of inconsistent work in the UUA regarding anti-racism, the realization that one can “live into” our existing 7 principles without thinking about or dealing with racism has become more apparent. In order to more fully live into the potential of our existing principles, over 150 UU congregations have already adopted the 8th Principle.
In our white-centered dominant culture it is all too easy to ignore racism and just regard ourselves as “not racist”,

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The 8th Principle – Let’s Examine What It Really Means

As we journey towards adopting the 8th Principle, throughout March we will present various words and phrases both within the 8th Principle language itself and those related to the work of anti-racism. We will begin to explore what they mean and invite your responses....

The 8th Principle – Can we change the wording?

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...

The 8th Principle – Learn More About It!

Rev. Ian introduced this proposed 8th Principle in depth and in the context of our covenantal relationships during our January 16 Sunday Service. If you missed this very important service or wish to listen to it again, it is posted on the UUCOD Facebook page Over the...

The 8th Principle – Why is UUCOD wanting to adopt this?

The 8th Principle is a natural extension of our UU values and faith development. Unlike our other 7 Principles, it calls us to action, to not only be not-racist but to actively engage in anti-racist behaviors as individuals and as a faith community. And it calls us to...