#135 | Kara Stebbins | Poem "Revision of the Revision"

Submission 135
Kara Stebbins
UU Fellowship of Madison County (Richmond, KY) 3726

What is your suggestion or idea?

As a delegate for my fellowship, I will be submitting the specific language Amendments we suggest for each Section of the proposal.

However, one of my personal suggestions is not so much a suggestion for specific language as it is an idea for the general ““flavor”” of our Values & Covenants; it’s a poem, titled ““Revision of the Revision,”” which I hope I can upload here.

What is the reason for your amendment idea?

I offer my poem ““Revision of the Revision”” as a way to capture how I felt as I struggled to encourage my congregation to engage in a constructive Amendment process.

I think it also provides valuable context for the specific language suggestions my congregation eventually came up with, which will be submitted separately.

In a way it is also an offering of thanks to the Commission for all the hard work they have done - and thanks to all of the congregations who are continuing this hard work of building consensus.

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

I shared this poem with my congregation in an effort to give them a feeling of hope that we could work together to address their concerns. I don’t know if it helped them, but it helped me! And as a result, I was able to work more productively with them to come up with Amendments that seemed to address most of their concerns.


Thank you Kara! This poem is the most beautiful, uplifting thing I have seen here (in this article 2 debacle of a conversation). This represents I think the best of what a conversation on UU principles/values/core could look like, if they hadn’t railroaded us into an interpretation that most of us hadn’t been involved in.