Submission 106 Jonathan Tweet University Unitarian Church (Seattle, WA) 8231
What is your suggestion or idea?
As Unitarian Universalists, we use, and are inspired by, sacred and secular understandings that help us to live into our values. We respect the histories, contexts and cultures in which they were created and are currently practiced. We heed the findings of science and resist the temptations of dogma.
These sources ground us and sustain us in ordinary, difficult, and joyous times. Grateful for the religious ancestries we inherit and the diversity which enriches our faith, we are called to ever deepen and expand our wisdom.
What is the reason for your amendment idea?
UUs tend to love science. Heeding the findings of science differentiates us from a New Age movement. Without science to ground us, we would be subject to pseudoscience, misinformation, and social-media fads.
Have you discussed this idea with your congregation or other UUs?
Congregants I’ve spoken to have universally valued science and wanted to see it included in the text. Most congregants are shocked and displeased when they hear that the new text eliminates the reference to science.
Our fellowship is in agreement with this suggestion. We’d like to see a petal added for “reason”, which we believe includes science. Our discussions suggest our humanists values of reason and science have faded to the background.
Like you, I’d like to see more changes to the Inspirations section, but I also favor singling out science for its own amendment. If “science” is combined with other changes that are less popular, then science might get voted down on account of the other changes in the amendment. I think that science is important enough that the delegates should discuss and vote on it in isolation.
Thanks for the good question. I’d be happy to see reason included with science because they go together. Both UUs who like reason and those so denigrate it would agree that reason and science go together.
@JonathanTSeattle Good. Reason and science indeed do go together for me too, and so this mean that a single amendment partnering reason and science ought be proposed. I hope this is one of the grouped topics for the May workshop so we can work on forming it into a powerful amendment.