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 its most basic, white supremacy culture is based on the ideology that people with white skin are superior to people with dark skin, intellectually, morally, and physically, and therefore should dominate society, typically to the exclusion or detriment of other racial and ethnic groups

This belief has allowed for and been used as a justification for enslavement, genocide, colonization, cultural destruction, religious conversion and myriad forms of oppression. It continues to be used to support oppressive, discriminatory, unjust, unfair and inequitable policies and practices in our laws, criminal justice system, education, healthcare, housing, voting, religion and just about every aspect of life.

The insidious nature of white supremacy culture is that we all swim in this soup, regardless of our skin color, yet experience it differently. Those of us with white skin enjoy the privileges of this culture making it all too easy to “not see” or “chose to turn our heads” from the impacts of this culture on BIOPOC.

BIOPOC, on the other hand, experience routine if not daily injuries to their hearts, minds, bodies and spirits. It is incumbent on us all as people of faith to look deeply into ourselves and our culture to understand the ways in which we and it causes harm, regardless of our skin color. This is especially critical work, however, for those of us who identify as White since we have benefitted for so long by this culture at the expense of our BIOPOC brothers and sisters.

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