#483 | LeRae Niell | Add petal for Reason

Submission 483
LeRae Niell
Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach (Long Beach, CA) 2224

What is your suggestion or idea?

Reason seems to be omitted and is a very important value to many of us.

Suggestion. Add a petal and description for Reason


We search for truth and meaning, informed by reason,
evidence, and the results of science, often motivated by wonder, curiosity, and
concern for others. We are open to new

We covenant to listen to and respect the views
of others.

What is the reason for your amendment idea?

Many of us join the UU Church, for it’s freedom from Dogma and acceptance of reason.

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

Nearly everyone I talked to (25-30 people) agreed that reason is a priority.


Hi LeRae,
I saw your comment on a thread that I started and replied to you on that. Another comment came from Bek Wheeler, who suggested creating a Google Doc in which to edit the proposal of adding Reason as a UU Value. Here’s the link:

I’m happy to work with you and others to wordsmith the best possible proposal for adding Reason as a UU Value. Please help us to continue the discussion!

An update on the latest efforts to edit the two proposals of Reason as a Value into one proposal:

My Latest Revision (5/26)
REASON: We search for truth and meaning, informed by both reason and values. We covenant to search responsibly, thoughtfully considering the results of science and other evidence, while remaining open to new ideas and others’ viewpoints. Motivated by wonder, curiosity, and compassion, we strive to use our capacity for reason to engender better outcomes for all in our interconnected world.