8th Principle

The Antiracism Task Force (ARTF) is engaged in having SWUU adopt the proposed 8th Principle at our Congregational Meeting in June. The text of the proposed principle is below:

The 8th Principle:

“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.”

As a democratic organization, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), member congregations have to vote on this to add it formally to the other seven Unitarian Universalist Principles that guide our religion.

The ARTF will not disband once our congregation adopts the 8th Principle; our focus may change as we progress.

To prepare SWUU for life after adoption, we are reading “Widening the Circle of Concern: Report of the UUA Commission on Institutional Change.” Join us on the dates below in the SWUU Zoom room.

Please click here to access a copy of Widening the Circle of Concern. We are doing a congregational read of this important work. Please follow the dates below.

03-09-22: Pages 1- 38 – Includes Trends, Theology, Governance, and the Lay Leader of Color Avatar

03-17-22: Pages 39- 56 – Includes Congregations and Communities

03-29-22: Pages 57 – 76 – Includes Hospitality and Inclusion, Minister of Color Avatar, Living Our Values in the World, and Religious Professional of Color Avatar

04-14-22: Pages 77 – 100 – Includes Religious Professionals, Educating for Liberation, and White Accomplice Avatar

04-28-22: Pages 101 – 109 – Includes Innovations and Risk-Taking, and White Counter Narrative Avatar

05-12-22: Pages 111 – 126 – Includes Restoration and Reparations

05-26-22: Pages 127 – 150 – Includes Accountability and Resources, Final Thoughts, and Distinctions and Definitions

Helpful Definitions:

Antiracist: One who is expressing the idea that racial/ethnic groups are equals and none needs developing, and is supporting policies that reduce racial/ethnic inequity. (From How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi)

white supremacy: historically based and institutionally perpetuated system of exploitation and oppression of continents, nations, and peoples of color by white peoples and nations of the European continent to maintain and defend a system of wealth, power, and privilege. (From The Emperor Has No Clothes: Teaching about Race and Racism to People Who Don’t Want to Know by Tema Okun)

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