Submission 10 Matthew Johnson The Unitarian Universalist Church (Rockford, IL) 3414
What is your suggestion or idea?
Pluralism. We celebrate that we are all sacred beings diverse in culture, experience, and theology. We covenant to learn from one another inas part of our free and responsible search for truth and meaning. We embrace our differences and commonalities with Love, curiosity, and respect.
What is the reason for your amendment idea?
This replaces “in” with “as part of” before the phase “our free and responsible search.” Learning from one another is part of our free and responsible search for meaning, but so is learning from our own life experience, the world, intuition, and more. This minor change makes the relationship between pluralism and our search more clear.
Have you discussed this idea with your congregation or other UUs?
Yes, I’ve shared this with multiple other colleagues who immediately saw the reason for this minor change and supported it.
This makes me want to retain the Principles in an additional section. Because it almost begs the question of where the free and responsible search comes from, if we’re talking in the Values about part of it.
“Retain the Principles in a different section” I hadn’t thought of that but perhaps that would reassure some of the UU’s who aren’t as occupied with the Article II Proposal as we are, but are voicing, “They can’t take away our Principles – they are why I became a UU!”
Here’s the language the group is at: Pluralism. We learn from one another as part of our free and responsible search for truth and meaning. We covenant to embrace our differences and commonalities with Love, curiosity, and respect. We celebrate that we are all sacred beings diverse in culture, experience, and theology.