Unitarian Society of Ridgewood
What is your suggestion or idea?
I support the overall design of the proposal for the way in which it represents the various facets of UU values and participation in a unified way.
There are three reasons why I strongly OPPOSE the use of the word “Love” as a signifier for how all the facets are connected to each other. In its place would be “Connection,” or something similar.
“God is Love” is a notion strongly identified with Christianity and headlining of that word blurs the boundary between UU and that majority faith, privileging Christianity over other religions and alienating believers in atheism and agnostics.
“Love” has deeply emotional connotations for many people, which creates a schism amongst our membership between those for whom this is the case and those for whom it is not. This can be avoided by pointing to the purpose that the new Article II is trying to achiev e in a more neutral fashion.
“Love” has a colloquial association with eroticism which is inherently retraumatizing to survivors of child and adult sexual abuse. As a survivor myself, I want this to be heard and understood. Fully 15 to 25% of our membership almost certainly fall into this group which is seldom heard from.
What is the reason for your amendment idea?
I would like UU to increase its universal application to ALL faith and NON faith communities that make up the human family. We should be as EXPANSIVE as possible and avoid signifiers that have the potentially to divide, no matter how GOOD OUR INTENTIONS are.
Have you discussed this idea with your congregation or other UUs?
Yes, USR held a hybrid meeting in this to discuss Article II attended by approx 10 members. I found significar agreement with this perspective, with no one actively dissenting from it."