#308 | Jennifer Noyce | Re-Emphasize "Free and Responsible Search..."

Submission 308
Jennifer Noyce
UU Society of Iowa City (Coralville, IA) 3615

What is your suggestion or idea?

Please re-emphasize the phrase “free and responsible search for truth and meaning” in the values. By removing it and watering down the values/principles with the image, UU has removed the tenet that distinguishes UU-ism from creed-based religions and that may attract/welcome questioning individuals to our congregations.

What is the reason for your amendment idea?

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


I agree with this; free and responsible search for truth and meaning may be our most important principle, ensuring respect for all who are on such a search, even if their conclusion different from ours.


Kathy C.

I agree that this is the most serious omission in the current draft.


This wording is what differentiates UU from most other religions and is central to who we are. The way it’s just sort of slipped in sideways under the description of Pluralism makes it seem minor and irrelevant.

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I agree. I’m considering where it should go in the new values-based document.

+1 to this, I was disappointed and kind of shocked to see a proposal for our values that made it this far along and left out truth.


I agree. “Free and responsible search for truth and meaning” should be a petal.

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