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.
Message From Rev. Jacqueline Brett and
Connie Pearcy, Chair of ERUUF’s Board of Trustees
September 8, 2023
Dear Members and Friends of ERUUF:
This past June, several members of ERUUF represented our congregation in person and virtually as delegates to the UUA General Assembly (GA). On Sunday, September 24, at 12:30 pm in the Commons Room, delegates will report out about their experience and the results of key votes that took place at this year's GA. Several votes significant to our denomination occurred this year; please book your calendar for the 24th to hear more about them!
The first vote on the Article II Proposal with ammendments occured at GA 2023 in June. Details can be found here:
Excerpt from UUA website on process for future amendment revisions and final vote in June 2024:
Article II Revision Votes: The final version of Article II, as amended by 2023 General Assembly, must receive a simple majority vote to move forward.
The Article II Study Commission will have six months following the 2023 General Assembly to incorporate and clean up any amendments passed by the delegates, and send it back to the Board of Trustees to be placed on the General Assembly 2024 agenda for a final vote.
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.
The Article 2 Study Report, 2021-2023 was released in January and is now available on the UUA website. Details on the next round of reviews and comments are pending.
Links to documents:
UUA President, Rev Susan Frederick-Gray's letter: "Why Change Our UU Principles"
The full Article 2 Study Report to the UUA Board: This is a thoughtful and thorough report prepared by lay UU leaders and a ministerial representative, well worth reading. The Charge to the Commission and the Approach are very helpful for context. Be sure to read the current Article 2 on page 17 before reading the proposed revision on page 19. Reading the text silently, then aloud is recommended.
Next steps in the review process will be shared as soon as the are announced by the UUA.