Submission 12 Matthew Johnson The Unitarian Universalist Church (Rockford, IL) 3414
What is your suggestion or idea?
Transformation. We adapt to theshape and are shaped by the changing world. We covenant to collectively transform and grow spiritually and ethically. Openness to change is fundamental to our Unitarian and Universalist heritages, never complete and never perfect.
What is the reason for your amendment idea?
This replaces “adapt to the” with “shape and are shaped by the” before “changing world.” We do not just adapt to the world, we are part of it, and we shape it. It is an ongoing dynamic relationship. The “shape and shaped by” language is, of course, drawn from Octavia Butler’s “Parable of the Sower” and it reflects our commitments to Process Theology, social change, and evolutionary science. We are part of a living system – we shape it and it shapes us. This more poetic language is also more scientifically and theologically aligned with our practice.
Have you discussed this idea with your congregation or other UUs?
Yes, I’ve talked with multiple other colleagues; they loved this new language and encouraged me to submit it.
I had similar thoughts for the same reasons. My suggestion was: "Ours is a living tradition and we adapt to a changing world. We covenant… We support one another in shaping change in accordance with our shared values.
Here’s what the group came up with: Transformation. We embrace possibilities in an always changing world. We covenant to grow spiritually and ethically, accept ourselves and one another, and collectively advance transformations that embody Love. Openness to change is fundamental to our Unitarian and Universalist heritages, never complete and never perfect.