Building the Beloved Community is about building a culture of inclusion. Is this our unfinished business or is it the bridge to a vibrant future for Unitarian Universalism? Over 115 congregations and UU groups have had positive votes to adopt an 8th Principle that calls on us to build the Beloved Community. And many more votes are in process. Will we heed the call?
To build the Beloved Community, UUs must attend to the unfinished business of dismantling racism and oppression in our congregations and Association and with our community partners. How do we stand in solidarity with the social movements of our times and how do they change us? We are being called to action and the UU Principles will guide us, but do they go far enough and are they deep enough to result in social change regarding racial and social justice and equity? Is it time for an 8th Principle? UUs will need to expand our vision and our practices to fulfill the promises of UUism.
You are invited to join Paula Cole Jones on September 25th, from 1:00-4:30pm on Zoom, for an interactive workshop to explore why we need an 8th Principle, and why this is the time. Complete the form below to RSVP for this workshop.
Paula Cole Jones is a life-long Unitarian Universalist and a Management Consultant with over twenty years of experience in designing and facilitating workshops and dialogues for leaders and organizations. She is an innovator of institutional change. In 1999, Paula founded ADORE, A Dialogue on Race & Ethnicity. Her work includes being a leader in advancing the 8th Principle and the Community of Communities as practices of the Beloved Community. Paula is the author of a UU World Magazine cover story, Reconciliation as a Spiritual Discipline. She is also the editor of a Skinner House book, Encounters: Poems about Race, Ethnicity and Identity and a contributing author to three Skinner House books, including the UUA Common Read, Justice on Earth.