#40 | Lincoln Christensen | Changes Are Not an Improvement

Submission 40
Lincoln Christensen
UU Fellowship of Madison County (Richmond, KY) 3726

What is your suggestion or idea?

Unitarian Universalists are not guilty of the crimes for which the UUA wants us to assume ownership. Consequently, additional rhetoric about our ““privilege”” and our ““racism””, ““ageism””, and our ““ableism”” is inappropriate. If people feel like self-flagellating is worthwhile, they are in the wrong sanctuary.
The direction toward ameliorating the issues confronting us in those areas is covered in the Seven Principles. The new section should read:The Article II Study Commission reviewed suggested changes to the By-Laws. We did not see any advantage to changing or identifying a better way of describing the ideals encompassed in the Seven Principles. Consequently, no changes are needed.

What is the reason for your amendment idea?

To claim ““If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”” is not pertinent here. After looking at alternatives to the Seven Principles, they cannot be better said. Our over-educated congregations need to talk about our vital interests in plain language that the 8th-grade public can understand.

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

Other members of UUFMC. The majority are in favor of no changes. We have looked, discussed, and argued about all things new, the desire for change for change’s sake, and breaking what needs breaking.
There has not been an adequate argument to make the change palatable.