#320 | Mary and Mark Tuller | Add Petal for "Spiritual Growth"

Submission 320
Mary and Mark Tuller
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito (Solana Beach, CA) 2521

What is your suggestion or idea?

We applaud the work done behind this proposal. There is a
lot to like and inspire in your work. Thank you. However, we would like to propose
for discussion several amendments to fix omissions and slightly redirect the

Each is submitted separately as requested but they are
related for the reasons below.

This is suggestion number 3 of 4:

Add a petal for “Spiritual growth”.

What is the reason for your amendment idea?

There’s not much there about personal, interior, journeys
toward spiritual growth. A main reason for us in becoming UUs was to become
a different and better person—more attuned to spirituality, more reflective and
less reflexive, more enlightened. The journey of learning, teaching, being
taught, reading, contemplating, and experiencing has been meaningful to us and we
would like to see that recognized.

We’re not historians of UUism, but our big-picture view is
that the Unitarian tradition includes a strain of hard-headed practical rationalism,
and the Universalist tradition includes a strain of universal love and
inclusion. Those are both very good strains. But we fear the universal-love-and-inclusion
strain has grown at the expense of the hard-headed-rationalism strain, and we
would like to see that balance restored, which we hope our proposals contribute

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

We have shown this to about a dozen friends at UU Fellowship of San Dieguito. Their response has all been positive. We showed it to our minister as well.