#101 | Jonathan Tweet | Accountability and Love

Submission 101
Jonathan Tweet
University Unitarian Church (Seattle, WA) 8231

What is your suggestion or idea?

Values and Covenant.
As Unitarian Universalists, we covenant, congregation-to-congregation and through our association, to support and assist one another in our ministries. We draw from our heritages of on freedom, reason, hope, and courage, building on the foundation of love.

Love is the power that holds us together and is at the center of our shared values. We are accountable to one another for doing help each other do the work of living our shared values through the spiritual discipline of Love love.

What is the reason for your amendment idea?

It’s not true that we’re accountable to each other because we have not set up systems for accountability nor have we even agreed to what systems for accountability we should implement.

““Love”” should not be capitalized because it is not our God.

Have you discussed this idea with your congregation or other UUs?

Yes, in our congregation’s 4th Principle Dialogue Group and elsewhere


I too am concerned that this sccountbility language could infringe on our right to follow our individual conscience. Maybe “Love connects us to each other, and it keeps us accountable to our values.” See #245 so that we are accountable to our own conscience We want to uplift each other and nurture our values rather than police whether we are living up to them in the right way. In my view this goes to the heart of Unitarian Universalism and needs to be addressed.