EUU at Large
My humble suggestion is to replace the text “Love is … at the center of our shared
values” with “Dignity and respect are at the center of our shared values.”
“Love” is widely perceived as a central Christian value or injunction. With “love” as our central value we riska) to be perceived as "just another Christian sect"b) to weaken our umbrella role for non-Christian (Jewish, Buddhist, Confucianists, …) religious liberalsc) to abandon our “unique position among the world’s faiths” (Forrest Church).“Dignity” is a value mentioned in Art. 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations. In order not to limit our values to human beings, a complement of dignity should be “respect” to be extended towards human beings AND nature.
I will discuss this idea at the upcoming EUU retreat.