UU Church of Canton (Canton, NY) 6214
What is your suggestion or idea?
My amendment idea is scrap most of the proposed changes. Especially the reduction of principles to one word, the added dogmatic language, and basically all the stuff about ““love.””
What is the reason for your amendment idea?
I am one of the few people who was raised in the church and up until now, I had planned to raise my children in the church. I am 28 years old, a strong progressive, and absolutely unafraid of change.
So let me be unequivocal when I tell you that I believe these changes are awful.
Firstly, the report did not make even close enough to a compelling case for why Article II needs changing, especially not a sufficient case for why it needs this level of change.
Secondly, why add so much religious language like ““ministries”” and ““covenant””? As an atheist, I don’t want to be associated with a church that is unbelievably, in this day and age, some how choosing to turn TOWARDS dogma while the rest of the world is turning away. Not to mention that so many people come to the church to ESCAPE the dogma of other religions.
Thirdly, the principles are written like that for a reason! They were carefully phrased! If you make them into one word, they lose meaning and specificity. The explanation underneath doesn’t help. It clouds the original intent AND gives people more to read to understand it, which is the opposite of your stated goal.
Fourthly, this insertion of ““love”” as the center of everything makes me want to puke. It reminds me of that scene in Donnie Darko where the teacher wants the students to put everything on a spectrum of ““love”” vs ““fear.”” Life is more complicated. Also, the way you’ve spelled this part out is a specific worldview that I think MANY UUs would not agree with, so to add it would be to impose it on everyone.
I truly believe you will drive people away with these changes.
Have you discussed this idea with your congregation or other UUs?
I haven’t discussed it but I’ve read others discuss the proposed changes.