Church of the Larger Fellowship (Boston, MA) 1911
What is your suggestion or idea?
I would like to propose a substantial change to the core values in section 2.2. I have attached a new version of a tree with all the values, rather than a flower. Among other modifications, I suggest adding ““Covenant and Communication””, ““Radical Inclusion and Welcoming””, and ““Democracy”” as central values. You may choose to just accept these and not the whole tree.
What is the reason for your amendment idea?
There are three main reasons for these suggestions: 1) That the treasured 5th aspiration in Canada to be ““Radically Inclusive”” is not currently included in the central values of the faith as per the Article 2 propsal (and several Canadian congregations are still members of the UUA, and the CUC will be affected by the UUAs decision), 2) To uphold the other core values of the faith and the principles that are currently only included later in the text of the Article 2 proposal, including our principle of democracy and voting, as well as the critical importance of covenant and respectful covenantal relationships to our faith, and 3) To improve on the current Article 2 values by making it much clearer that this is an anti-oppressive faith that is striving to unlearn all oppressions and become truly welcoming. ““Beloved Community”” is not just love, but also (as popularized by Martin Luther King Jr), an inherently anti-racist and anti-classist idea which ties into basically all of the other central values. The additions of ““unlearning””, ““respect””, and ““liberation”” also contribute to this.
Other benefits of this version: 1) The tree seemed like better symbolism for us, because it is strong, and its roots form interconnections, and it is associated with all life (the tree of life). 2) ““Generosity”” is often used in UU contexts to mean giving money, and so seems more superficial than ““care””.
Have you discussed this idea with your congregation or other UUs?
This came out of a conversation between 4 Canadian YA’s. All of us felt the current values were not clearly anti-oppressive enough, and that we were losing some of the progress we’d made in Canada, including with our 5th aspiration. Someone suggested Beloved Community at the core of theirs and made a new flower, and then I ran with Beloved Community and made a tree, and the other YAs all agreed that mine was better than the Article 2 version and they liked the core values better.