The 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism
Unitarian Universalist congregations share a commitment to 7 core principles and are, at the national level, considering a proposed 8th Principle. At our June 6th Annual Meeting FUUSB members joined 200+ other congregations in voting to adopt the 8th Principle.
The wording of the 8th Principle is: “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.”
Leading up to that vote, members of the Radical Welcoming Team created a Google slideshow to share basic information about the 8th Principle: View the slideshow
We also developed a page of Frequently Asked Questions about the 8th Principle: View the Frequently Asked Questions
In May, several of us had the opportunity to share with you all our personal thoughts about and reasons for supporting adoption of the 8th Principle at First UU. The first four such testimonials were part of the Sunday morning service on May 1. You can view the full May 1 service on our YouTube channel.
Or read any of the individual testimonials from:
It is not always easy in our FUUSB community to express an opposing opinion or raise a concern, when it seems like there is a known and understood “right” answer. We, the members of the 8th Principle Group of the Radical Welcoming Team, are grateful for everyone who participated in this important conversation and we want to acknowledge and honor the real concerns that were raised. Read the summary of concerns raised
Thank you for looking at the materials and learning about the 8th Principle. We are excited about FUUSB’s adoption of the 8th Principle and look forward to engaging with you all in the work it calls us to do.