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.”

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.

What does Beloved Community really mean?

The UUA defines Beloved Community as follows: “Beloved Community happens when people of diverse racial, ethnic, educational, class, gender, sexual orientation backgrounds/identities come together in an interdependent relationship of love, mutual respect, and care that seeks to realize justice within the community and in the broader world.”

In Beloved Community trust runs deep. People accept that others are well intentioned while also acknowledging that even well-intentioned words and actions can be hurtful. We recognize that people, all people regardless of our differences, will hurt each other because we are human and make mistakes. In Beloved Community we are able to listen deeply and without becoming defensive when confronted with having hurt someone. We are open to learning. We apologize and make amends. People who are hurt are able to share their feelings, forgive and reconcile relationships. Loving respectful relationships are at the core of Beloved Community. Adopting the 8th Principle is an important step towards creating Beloved Community here at UUCOD.

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

What does Beloved Community mean to you? Let us know by dropping a note in the box located by the 8th Principle display in the sanctuary lobby or by clicking on the button below.

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