Introduction to 8th Principle Reflections

Text: "The 8th Principle - "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."

Until recently, I didn’t know that there was a difference between racial equality and racial equity. Until two years ago, I didn’t know that referring to people from the Far East as Orientals was pejorative. Until last year, I thought that the Indian boarding schools benefited them. 

But now I know.

Allies for Racial Equity @ UUCT is a group that has learned some painful truths about our world, American, and UU histories. We have read and studied. We have confronted the long history of injustice and prejudice. 

We learned about the grassroots efforts among many congregations to add an 8th Principle to the values that UUs covenant to affirm and promote. Now we want to share it with you.

What is the 8th Principle? Who wrote it? Why do we need another Principle? How have Principles been added in the past? What is that process? How often has it happened? Who decides?

UUs are a thoughtful, kind, intelligent, opinionated, irascible group. One would never assume that any suggested change would be automatically embraced. 

We are sharing information about the 8th Principle in several ways, including newsletter articles and brief reflections on Sunday mornings. Some of the articles and reflections will also be shared through this blog.