Unitarian Universalists of Mt. Airy (Philadelphia, PA) 7325
What is your suggestion or idea?
As Unitarian Universalists, … heritages of freedom, conscience, reason, science, hope, faith, and courage, building on the foundation of Love
Love is the power … discipline of Love. We cultivate a spirit of gratitude, compassion, generosity, and hope. Our Love connects us to one another in relationships of interdependence and mutuality.
We covenant to freely share our faith, presence, and resources.
Inseparable from one another, our
these shared values are:
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Interdependence. We honor … and nurturing sustainable relationships of care and respect. With humility … damaged relationships.
Pluralism. We celebrate … with Love, compassion, curiosity, and respect.
Transformative Justice. We work to build
be diverse multicultural Beloved Community Communities where all thrive.
We covenant to accountably dismantle racism and all forms of systemic oppression by our actions.
We support the use of inclusive democratic processes to make decisions. Transformation. Dynamic Evolution. We adapt to the changing world.
We covenant to collectively evolve, transform … and never perfect.
Generosity. Radical Inclusion. We support the use of inclusive democratic processes to make decisions.
We covenant to implement inclusive decision-making processes and to display radical hospitality, acknowledging that newcomers change us with their gifts rather than seeing them as new members of our club.
Equity. We declare that … with inherent dignity and value
We covenant to … sustain fully accessible and equitable
What is the reason for your amendment idea?
We need these values to represent all that we as UUs are and aspire to be. If we want the new Proposal to get a majority this summer and 2/3 next year, we need to make these values represent well who we have been and who we want to become. Limiting the values to single words limits the power possible in them.
“Justice” could refer to only the death penalty and retribution. Our UU vision of justice is transformative justice, which goes beyond punishment, beyond even reparatory justice (repairing the damage done), all the way to transformative justice, which also attempts to correct the systemic conditions that led to the injustice in the first place.
As a co-author of the 8th Principle, I feel it is essential that “accountably” and “by our actions” be added back from it in the Justice elaboration.
By adding “Transformative” to “Justice”, we can change “Transformation” to “Dynamic Evolution”, which is a unique property of UUism. It captures our embracing of science and evolution well before most other faiths, and that our understanding of truth (and our expression of our foundational covenant) is not fixed, but dynamic.
Generosity overlaps significantly with Love; we move that language to the section on Love. This opens space to add Radical Inclusion, including inclusive decision-making and radical hospitality as discussed by the Widening the Circle report, the Community of Communities concept, and the Trans Inclusion workshop of the Transforming Hearts Collective. We move the inclusive decision-making sentence from Justice to here, where it fits better.
Interdependence includes ecological and social concerns; including sustainable is essential to reflect current UU thinking.
“being Beloved Communities” is not common usage; “building Beloved Community” is.
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."