The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, Inc. (Atlanta, GA) 3032
Section C-2-2 Values and Covenant
Justice. We work to be diverse multicultural Beloved Communities where all thrive. We covenant to dismantle racism and all forms of systemic oppression. We support the use of inclusive democratic processes to make decisions.
Democracy. We value that every voice deserves a vote as a means of self-expression and collective participation in our congregations and society.
We covenant to protect and extend the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.
Democracy is a form of governance that Unitarian Universalists have long embraced. We have cherished the right to vote as a UU value, an American value, and a value that people, as we do, in nations around the world see as central to freedom.
On the Article II Frequently Asked Question page, the Commission noted that among the reasons that Article II has been rewritten was to address the “rise in global autocracies and attacks on democratic institutions.” Yet the currently proposed Article II language relegates the notion of democracy to a subordinate sentence under the Justice value.
There can be no justice if people are unable to vote. We have seen in America a sweeping injustice as aggressive actions are taken to limit voter access to the ballot box.
As Unitarian Universalists, we should not hide our support for democracy in a subordinate sentence but proudly and openly proclaim our value in the democratic process.
I have had many, many discussions with fellow UUs. I follow a very active discussion group on the website Save the Seven Principles (https://savethe7principles.wordpress.com ). In my congregation’s Men’s Group weekend Retreat, our theme was a discussion on Article II. My congregation will be holding a congregation-wide discussion on June 3. BTW: Much of the discussion on Article II has not been supportive of changes. There is generally a lack of awareness of this rewrite. Those who are aware do not understand the rationale for making such substantial changes to the Seven Principles.