The 8th Principle
In the winter of 2021, following a year of racial justice uprising in the US, the UCM Racial Justice Group decided to introduce our congregation to the proposed 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism. The proposed principle reads:
“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.”
With approval from the UCM Board, the RJG will officially share the 8th Principle with the congregation at the 2021 Annual Meeting. That brief event will kick off a months long opportunity for the congregation to discuss the 8th Principle including its origin, purpose, meaning and impact.
The first seven principles of UU were adopted at the 1985 UUA General Assembly in Atlanta after several years of denomination-wide consideration. The 8th Principle, drafted in 2013, has been adopted by 39 UU congregations as of February 2021. It is, therefore, a grassroots endeavor, gradually gaining steam in the denomination. It has been brought up at recent General Assemblies, though not for a vote. The RJG believes that UCM is well positioned to join this growing grass-roots movement and would like congregation to consider passing it, and committing ourselves to it, during the 2021/22 church year.
- UCM RJG’s 8th Principle Resource Guide – a single place to go for links and information
- Official 8th Principle website
- RJG process and rationale for inviting UCM’s congregation to join the movement to pass the 8th Principle
- UCM’s Anti-racism Audit (documenting the collective work we have done as a congregation since 2016
- Resistance to the 8th Principle
In the Fall of 2021, the RJG in collaboration with other UCM groups, will be creating time and space for our beloved UCM congregation to discuss the 8th Principle and why passing it is an important step in our congregations journey toward anti-racist culture and practice. Please join us in this shared work of liberation.
For more information about the Racial Justice Group and the 8th Principle, please contact Meredith Warner.