#118 | Patricia Shifferd | Add 8th Principle

Submission 118
Patricia Shifferd
Blue Hills UU Fellowship (Rice Lake, WI) 8426

What is your suggestion or idea?

Retain the current 7 Principles and Sources and add the 8th Principle as previously formulated to emphasize our commitment to dealing with structural racism.

What is the reason for your amendment idea?

The 7 Principles with the addition of an 8th will continue to be a clear and concise statement of our values as a denomination. The proposed Article II is deficient in that it makes no mention of the value expressed in current Principal 6; further in its wordiness it fails to inspire and create the commitment to action that is desired. In addition the reduction of the current Sources to a general statement is so vague as to be useless as a guideline to develop our spirituality.

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

Yes, our congregation has studied the proposed new version in detail. We have provided programs to inform and educate our members.