Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook (East Setauket, NY) 6232
What is your suggestion or idea?
The fifth principle has disappeared. It is mentioned under Justice in Section C-2.2 as “We support the use of inclusive democratic processes to make decisions.” That is not nearly emphatic enough. As I mentioned in a previous posting I do not know how I would rewrite the values to bring our full commitment to democracy as one of our principles. I find the new rewrite not as concise and organized as the 7 principles. I would add the 8th principle to the previous 7. I would keep one sentence per value or principle.
What is the reason for your amendment idea?
We must emphatically state that our congregations are committed to democracy. Democracy is under assault in our country and all over the world. Democracies die and their deaths invariably lead to oppression of masses of people by a few. The more voices we have engaged in our discussions the better we are, the closer we are to the truth, the less blind spots we have. Without democracy there can be no justice and no equity.
Have you discussed this idea with your congregation or other UUs?
I received a round of applause when I expressed these ideas at our Town Hall meeting to discuss the Proposed Article 2. Members of the congregation have been approaching me privately to thank me and to discuss the importance of democracy some more.