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Proposal to include an additional Value of REASON
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.
Justification for addition:
Reason is fundamental to our UU tradition as stated in the introduction to 2.2. Many members were drawn to the UU denomination because it values reason. Page 8 of the report states that the document should be inclusive, and we need to be inclusive of all of our members as well as the newer members we welcome to our widening circle.
Page 10 of the report says the Commission should reach out to the numerous stakeholders, which include philosophical and theological groups, such as UU Humanists. Many, possibly the vast majority of UU’s find a responsible search for truth and meaning to be key to our UU values, yet in the proposed article II revision, the search for truth and meaning is only mentioned under pluralism where it is said we learn from one another. Reason is not ever mentioned in the explanation of the six values.