Thank you for pointing that out.
I found the charge here and, as I read it, you gave a great concise summary of it.
Now, I signed up too late it seemed for the forum to allow me to submit a new topic/amendment but, if I had submitted one, I hear a lot of people wanting to stick with the current 7 Principles so I would try hard to make a revision that:
(a) makes as few changes as possible.
(b) makes changes in such a way that allows for people to vote on each change rather than an entirely new revision (this way, people at GA could more easily vote “yes” or “no” to specific changes on a piecemeal basis rather than make the revision an all-or-nothing proposal as I now understand it).
Subsequently, I think I would fashion a version of Article II that looked something like this (with each proposal and sub-proposal identified to enable votes on each addition/change of words or phrases):
Section C-2.1. Principles.
We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote
[Proposal 1]: The inherent worth and dignity of all life [1a], regardless of race [1b], class [1c], sex [1d], ability [1e], sexuality [1f], or species [1g];
Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
[Proposal 2]: Active [2a] appreciation [2b] of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
[Proposal 3]: The goal of world community with peace and liberty as well as economic [3a] and racial [3b] justice for all;
Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
The living tradition which we share draws from many sources:
Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
[Proposal 4]: Words and deeds of prophetic people which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil (including racism [4a] and other system oppressions [4b]) with justice, compassion and the transforming power of love;
[Proposal 5]: Wisdom from the world’s religions (including Asian [5a], African [5b], and Native American [5c] traditions) which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
[Proposal 6]: Jewish, Christian, and Islamic teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As free congregations we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support.
I feel curious as to whether or not those who prefer to retain the current 7 Principles would find this a sufficient compromise or not. Any thoughts?