What is the 8th Principle?

We 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.

 

What is Beloved Community?

The 8th Principle Project states that:

Beloved Community happens when people of diverse racial, ethnic, educational, class, gender, abilities, 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.

 

Why is the 8th principle being adopted by congregations instead of by the UUA?

A commission is currently conducting a scheduled review of Article II of the UUA Bylaws. Article II includes the 7 Principles, and the 8th Principle is among the revisions the Article II Study Commission is considering. But the process takes time. The commission began in 2020, and a final vote on any recommendations won’t take place until General Assembly in 2024.

 

The fundamental work of anti-racism and anti-oppression is needed now. Over 100 congregations agree, and have adopted the 8th Principle in response. The members of these congregations are in covenant with each other to be anti-racist and anti-oppressive, and have begun the fundamental work of becoming a truly inclusive community. This grassroots movement to adopt the 8th Principle raises awareness among member congregations, and demonstrates congregational support for adoption of an 8th Principle by the UUA.