Reimagining UU Principles
ERUUF is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), the central organization for UU congregations in the United States. The UUA governing by-laws outline our Principles and Sources, the UUA’s Purposes, our Inclusion clause, and Freedom of Belief Statement with the section identified as Article II. The by-laws require that Article II be studied and potentially revised every 15 years. In 2020, the UUA established and charged a Study Commission for this purpose.
The Commission has been seeking input and engagement with member congregations and has now published a draft revision of Article II, which makes significant changes to the current principles, sources and purpose. The Commission invites feedback on this draft.
How to get involved
If you are interested in learning more, the Commission is hosting Zoom Feedback Sessions from Saturday, November 5 through Monday, November 14. You may register for a session and subscribe to messages from the Commission. The Commission also invites direct input and will be publishing an online feedback form to facilitate the feedback process.
In addition, ERUUF will be hosting in person discussion sessions on Sunday, November 6 and Sunday, November 20 after the service. You may register to attend one of these ERUUF sessions.
The UUA Article II Commission has now published a draft revision of Article II, (Principles and Sources, the UUA’s Purposes, our Inclusion clause, and Freedom of Belief Statement)
This PROPOSED document makes significant changes to the current principles, sources and purpose.
The Study Commission invites us to read the draft using the practice they have followed in their work. They suggest reading the draft three times using the following approaches in order before crystallizing our reactions:
Read it the first time to observe how it makes you feel.
Read a second time, observe what it makes you think.
Finally read it a third time before thinking about any suggestions.
The Commission invites feedback on this draft before the draft is submitted to the UUA Board in early January.
The UUA Board committed to establishing the Article II Study Commission to consider possible amendments to Article II.
Charge to the Article II Commission (this outlines the scope and purpose of their work).
The Commission was formed in response to discussions, projects, resolutions, task forces, and other strategies from the UUA Board, Commission on Appraisal, and grassroots groups which encouraged the UUA to take a look at our principles, purposes, bylaws, and rules. It is time for us to review and make changes so that we are living into the Unitarian Universalism of the future, a Unitarian Universalism that holds us in times of great need and ethical, moral, and spiritual crises. We are in one of those times now.