Proposed 8th UU 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.”
Westside UU and the 8th Principle
Westside UU is considering the adoption of the proposed 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism addressing racism and other oppressions. This consideration began in September 2021, when Westside’s Racial Justice Change Team (RJCT) worked with Rev. Christopher to organize a workshop entitled “Building a Culture of Inclusion,” led by Paula Cole Jones.
Following the workshop, Tracy Burrows and Cindy Jackson from the RJCT joined with John Britt to form the 8th Principle Discernment Planning Team to offer a range of perspectives and widen the discussions of the 8th Principle at WSUU. The team is hosting an inclusive study of the proposal leading up to a congregational vote on the adoption of the 8th Principle in the spring of 2022.
Many of us are just beginning to learn about the proposed 8th Principle. This 8th Principle Learning Space includes:
The goals of the discernment process are to support study and reflection and to provide opportunities to listen, engage, and learn from one another as a community.