What is your suggestion or idea?
Section C-2.2. Values and Covenant. As Unitarian
Universalists, we covenant, congregation-to-congregation and through our association, to support and assist one another in our ministries. We draw from our heritages of freedom, reason,
By “love” we mean our recognition with both our hearts and minds of our shared universal humanity, which moves us to cherish and respect one another and all other persons, in all our diverse characteristics and beliefs.
hope, and courage, building on the foundation of love.
We are accountable to one another for seeking to better understand our shared values, and for seeking to better live out those shared values, guided in both our hearts and minds by a spirit of love. This accountability means that we are always willing to listen to each other’s perspectives, informed by our diverse lives, and to take seriously the critique that we may have missed the mark, in our words and deeds.
Love is the power that holds us together and is at the center of our shared values. We are accountable to one another for doing the work of living our shared values through the spiritual discipline of Love. Inseparable from one another, these shared values are:
Interdependence. We honor the interdependent web of all existence. We covenant to cherish Earth and all beings by creating and nurturing relationships of care and respect. With humility and reverence, we acknowledge our place in the great web of life, and we work to repair harm and damaged relationships.
Pluralism. We celebrate that we are all sacred beings diverse in culture, experience,
and theology .We covenant to learn from one another in our free and responsible search for truth and meaning. We embrace our differences and commonalities with Love, curiosity, and respect .
Justice. We work to be diverse multicultural Beloved Communities where all thrive. We covenant to dismantle racism and all forms of systemic oppression. We support the use of inclusive democratic processes to make decisions.
We adapt to the changing world. We covenant to collectively transform and grow spiritually and ethically. Openness to change is fundamental to our Unitarian and Universalist heritages, never complete and never perfect.
We cultivate a spirit of gratitude and hope. We covenant to freely and compassionately share our faith, presence, and resources . Our generosity connects us to one another in relationships of interdependence and mutuality .
We declare that every person has the right to flourish with inherent dignity and worthiness. We covenant to use our time, wisdom, attention, and money to build and sustain fully accessible and inclusive communities .
What is the reason for your amendment idea?
This amendment’s purposes include: (1) Clarifying that coveant is between congregations, not individuals. (2) Defining what love and accountability mean, so that these central ideas are both more powerful, but mis-use of these terms is more limited. (3) Pluralism is expanded to included diversity of opinions.(4) The call for “democracy” within the “justice” subsection is made actionable by calling on the UUA to promote greater internal democratic participation. (5) Transformation section clarifies that transformation, to be meaningful, must be freely chosen by individual. (6) Generosity and equity subsections also add some language emphasizing individual free expression. Overall, this amendment seeks to balance the current draft’s emphasis on communal action with language that more greatly values individual freedom.
Have you discussed this idea with your congregation or other UUs?
Discussed at Blue Boat Passengers Facebook group – several people liked the suggestions at that group.