UU Fellowship of Madison County (Richmond, KY) 3726
What is your suggestion or idea?
““Please delete ““LOVE”” from center of Graphic””
C2.2 Graphic for Values and Covenant
Delete the word ““LOVE”” from center of Graphic. Possibly change 6 flower ““petals”” to 6 overlapping hearts.
Possibly delete image of chalice from center of Graphic.
Possibly add one Covenant verb to each Value, for example: Acknowledge Interdependence; Celebrate Diversity; Support Equity; Seek Justice; Adapt with Change; and Share Generosity.
As has been suggested by others whose posts I’ve seen, I think we should use 6 colors that are most familiar to all: the rainbow or the color wheel.
What is the reason for your amendment idea?
Our Fellowship objects to the ill-defined use of the word
Love and the assumption that Love is at “the center.” If we want to focus on
love in some way, we could consider changing the round petals of the flower to
A wordless image (of the Chalice or perhaps just of a white
light) should be at the “center” of our graphic. A wordless image can mean different things to
different people, e.g. the light of reason, the light of Love, the great
mystery, etc. Therefore, delete the word
“LOVE” in the center. The connecting lines
may symbolically stand for “LOVE” for some UUs, but the word does not need to
be included in the graphic. Or alternately, we can symbolize love by replacing
the “round petals” of the flower with overlapping hearts.
The graphic then would have 6
words – and they are just nouns. We
recommend the possibility of adding 6 verbs to breathe life into the graphic.
We do NOT want to use the verb “covenant” for each - in order to reduce the
impression of reciting a “creed.” Our Fellowship prefers to instead emphasize
the verbs for each Value. One specific
verb could be included in the graphic.
With this in mind, further editing of the detailed description of the
Values might be needed.
For example, one suggestion for
verbs that work together as a whole in the graphic and also specifically in
list form (perhaps specifically in this order) would be: Acknowledge
Interdependence; Celebrate Diversity; Support Equity; Seek Justice; Adapt with
Change; Share Generosity.
One final suggestion: use the colors of the color wheel for the 6
colors. Easier to remember and to symbolize how they are inter-related.
Have you discussed this idea with your congregation or other UUs?
We began considering how to change the Graphic in response to our Fellowship’s input while reviewing the Proposed Revision during 2 of our Sunday Services. We later talked about ideas at weekly zoom group meetings. We also shared our Amendment ideas with the minister at the UU Congregation of Lexington, Kentucky. He shared a version of the graphic with rainbow hearts for the 6 values, and I added the Covenant verbs to form verb/value statements. He said he could imagine using the verb/value statements in RE classes.