Saltwater Unitarian Universalist Church (Des Moines, WA) 98135
What is your suggestion or idea?
Replace the wording of Section C-2.1. Purposes,
purposes of the Unitarian Universalist Association are religious, educational,
welcoming spiritual diversity, inspired by sources both sacred and
secular, and governed by democratic principles. Particular purposes are to
serve the needs of the member congregations, to strengthen affiliated
organizations, and to extend Unitarian Universalism to nurture a more
sustainable, peaceable, and equitable world.”
What is the reason for your amendment idea?
The A2SC proposal uses the outdated word “humanitarian”,
which I have replaced by the word “social”, which better reflects the reality
of congregational life. However, note that “social” would include humanitarian
assistance as a common function for religious organizations. Then I’ve added several “broad purposes” to
get beyond the legalese – give readers the flavor of Unitarian Universalism as
a religion, picking a few highlights from the principles, values, and
spiritual diversity, inspired by sources both sacred and secular, and governed by
democratic principles”. Next
I proceed to the all-important “particular purposes”- serving member organizations,
where the word “serve” reflects congregational polity far better than the word “assist”.
I finish with highlights from our forward
looking secular goals – “to nurture a more sustainable, peaceable, and equitable
world”. This is meant as an improvement over the backward looking and secondary
purpose “healing historical injustices” and the forward looking but nebulous “liberating
Have you discussed this idea with your congregation or other UUs?
Strong positive responses from UUs for a Just Economic Community and some other UU email lists