The Board of Trustees and the Racial Justice Ministry are in favor of our congregation adopting the 8th Principle at our upcoming congregational meeting on June 12. They have tasked us with providing information and fielding your concerns about this. We continue to welcome all input. While there is broad support for the spirit of the 8th principle, some concerns voiced thus far include:
1. The principle is too wordy,
2. It seems to be implied by the current 7 principles,
3. It seems to differ from other principles in asking for specific actions.
We are asking the congregation to accept the 8th principle in its current form based on extensive work of Black UU members across the country who have crafted it. There will continue to be ongoing discussion at the UUA level about this and other principles, which will no doubt be a long process. While that goes on, we would like to follow the lead set out by our Black UU siblings and make a clear statement of support for the anti-racist movement at this critical time in our country’s history.
We invite you to learn more about the 8th Principle HERE, to send us anonymous feedback HERE.
FUUSN Committee for Adoption of the 8th Principle
Judy Friedman, Kevan Hartshorn (chair), Bill Horne, Debra Minard, Brooke Foucault Welles, Naomi Wolfe