UUFMC (UU Fellowship of Madison County)
The Unitarian Universalist Association will devote its resources to and use its
organizational powers for religious, educational, and humanitarian purposes.
Its primary purposes are to assist congregations in their vital ministries,
support and train leaders both lay and professional, to foster lifelong faith
formation, to heal historic injustices, and to advance our Unitarian
Universalist values in the world.
The purpose of the Unitarian Universalist Association is to actively foster freedom of belief and engage its members in
the transformation of the world transforming life through liberating Love.
With this Amendment, I am trying
(1) to make “freedom of belief” more prominent/primary, (2) to remove an
objection to making UUA an activist organization for the world - to the
exclusion of its role in fostering “lifelong faith formation” for individuals (and
(3) to be poetic through alliteration).
I wrote this amendment in response to my congregation’s input while reviewing the Proposed Revision during our Sunday Service. Someone suggested that the Freedom of Belief Section should either be moved before the Purpose Section, or should be included and/or repeated in the Purpose Section. Also for me personally, the only reason I am a UU is because there is freedom of belief, so I can’t imagine not having that mentioned in the purposes.
Others objected to the idea that transformation of the WORLD was being made more primary than transformation of the INDIVIDUAL.
I later shared my suggested amendment with our congregational work group. There was general support and no objection.