Unitarian Universalists of Mt. Airy (Philadelphia, PA) 7325
What is your suggestion or idea?
Section C-2.3. Inspirations.
As Unitarian Universalists, we use, and are inspired
by, sacred and secular understandings that help us to live into our values. We
respect the histories, contexts and cultures in which they were created and are
Our inheritances include the importance of justice from Judaism, the
importance of Love from Christianity and Universalism, the importance of
individual freedom of conscience and scientific rationalism from Unitarianism,
the importance of skepticism from atheism/agnosticism, the importance of
ethical principles from secular humanism, the importance of our relationships
with the natural world and each other from earth-centered spirituality, and the
importance of mindfulness and presence from Buddhism. As an evolving faith, we
draw on these and other traditions.
These sources ground us and sustain us in ordinary,
difficult, and joyous times.
Grateful for the religious ancestries we inherit and the diversity which
enriches our faith, we are called to ever deepen and expand our wisdom.
What is the reason for your amendment idea?
This section is where we can give newcomers to UUism a good feel for where we come from, including where our spiritual values and practices come from. The proposed text wastes this opportunity to teach newcomers more about us, to give a context for our beliefs.
From a political and practical point of view, since the new Article II Proposal is quite radically different from before, putting in the material we have added here helps average UUs feel more connected to the Proposal. Since the proposal needs a majority this year and a 2/3 vote next year, we want to have the language feel reassuring to longtime UUs as much as possible, but reflect some dynamic evolution and appeal to newcomers as well. Our proposed language is intended to mention practices and beliefs that show up frequently in UU worship services all over the country, and where they come from historically.
Have you discussed this idea with your congregation or other UUs?
We had several conversations about this, involving around 15 of our members, which is about 1/3 of our active membership and 1/5 of our total membership. A subset of us came up with this wording together.