The proposed UUA 8th Principle reads: “We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”
Paula Cole Jones, of the UUA, realized that a person can believe they are being a “good UU” and following the 7 Principles without thinking about or dealing with racism and other oppressions at the systemic level. She helped draft the 8th Principle which brings the action steps required for UUAs to live into their values.
For people who identify as white, it is too easy to ignore racism, both individual and systemic, which is exactly what keeps the system of racism in our society alive and in fact worsening right now. We need to de-center whiteness and other dominant cultures in UUism. The 8th Principle
came from a feeling that we need something to renew our commitment to this work, to hold ourselves accountable, and to fulfill the potential of our existing principles.
The Black Lives of UU (BLUU) Organizing Collective encourages all Unitarian Universalists to advocate for the formal adoption of an 8th principle, articulating a commitment to the dismantling of white supremacy, within the stated principles of our faith. So far, over 130 UU congregations
have adopted the 8th Principle.
During the coming months, we will provide additional resources about the 8th Principle and opportunities to discuss it and its potential impacts on our community. We would like to see a vote at the FUSIT May Annual Meeting in favor of FUSIT’s adoption of the 8th Principle.
More information will follow in the coming weeks, but if you want more information now, contact Jennifer Streid-Mullen, firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.8thprincipleuu.org.