Upcoming Vote on the 8th Principle

In 1997 the UUA General Assembly first voted to commit to becoming an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural institution. The recommended actions to address shortcomings were presented in 2020, when the UUA published Widening the Circle of Concern, a three-year study that analyzed structural and systemic racism throughout the Association. In June 2021, the General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a Responsive Resolution to include antiracism and anti-oppression in the Principles.

Currently, UUs are again being called to action—by current events, by our members of color and our youth, by our collective conscience. We are asked to consider adding an 8th Principle to our familiar seven. It asks us 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.


The UUA will vote on adoption of the proposed 8th principle beginning with General Assembly 2023. (The measure must pass two votes in successive years to succeed.) Many individual congregations are proactively adopting the 8th Principle ahead of the General Assembly vote. In May of 2021, there were 61 UU congregations that had adopted the 8 th Principle; today there are
156, so the movement is gaining ground and support.

At the FUSIT Annual Meeting in May 2021, the 8th Principle was presented, and we decided to move forward with a process of exploring its adoption within our congregation including a conversation to be held on zoom on Thursday, March 31 at 7 pm. Additional sessions are planned on zoom for Sunday, April 10 at 12:30 pm and in person on Tuesday, April 19 at 7 pm. We encourage you to participate in one of the discussions. Sign up (for one session only) HERE.


Those efforts continue and the question of adopting the 8th Principle will be on the agenda for the 2022 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30 pm.