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.

Assimilation, Limited Inclusion and Belonging

~ Terrence Lester of Love Beyone Walls 8th Principle Recent Posts So Where Do We Go From Here? Jun 15, 2022At 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...

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”,

What does “white supremacy culture” mean?

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...

What is meant by “white privilege?

White privilege is “having greater access to power and resources than people of color, in the same situation, do.”  from Diversity in the Classroom and Understanding White Privilege: Creating Pathways to Authentic Relationships Across Race” by Francis E....