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The 8th Principle

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An Eighth Principle has been proposed.

“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.”

The Eighth Principle brings to the level of our Principles the commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, and multiculturalism that we first declared in a Resolution of Immediate Witness in 1994, and further as a Business Resolution in 1997.

The Principles are the statement of our common theology, which, by our many previous commitments, is necessarily a public theology. (As soon as the UU's began to say "Deeds, not Creeds" to describe our theological approach, we withdrew, as a body, from a common approach to the categories of traditional systematic theology.) Unitarian Universalist hold many diverse theological perspectives…

Recovenanting Task Force Report

People have asked where they could get a copy of the ReCovenanting Task Force Report. Until it is published in the proceedings of the GA, enjoy this copy of it in draft form. The actual delivery may have been slightly different.

Report of Re-Covenanting Task Force Delivered by Rev. Susan Ritchie, accompanied by Kathy Burek, Rev. David Miller and myself. General Assembly, New Orleans June 22, 2017
On October 15, 2015, Moderator Jim Key called for the Board to consider ‘how we might imagine moving from the notion of membership to covenant’.  
And, 
let’s imagine, rather than signing the book, people entered and were welcomed into a covenant that could be renewed periodically. Imagine if congregations entered and were welcomed into covenant with the larger association that would be renewed periodically. Perhaps this is an approach that would energize our movement….”
Jim Key proposed a Task Force, to be led by Rev. Dr. Susan Ritchie to take up this initiative. We are that Task Force, and we a…

An Endorsement

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Water, as you know, freezes at 32F degrees. 
But if you look at a cup of water which measures 36F, it is liquid. 
At 35F, it is still liquid. 
At 34F, it is still liquid, and if you want an ice cube, you are getting impatient about now, wondering why nothing is happening. 
At 33F, you think there must be something wrong somewhere. It’s getting colder, nothing is changing, it seems. 
But, at 32F, there is rapid and dramatic change. Liquid becomes a solid. The water has been transformed. A long series of incremental, quantitative changes has brought about a qualitative transformation. 
Change is gradual and continuous, but often imperceptible. However, long periods of small changes finally culminate in a transformative moment, when something long submerged reveals itself, in what seems like a wink of an eye.  It feels like Unitarian Universalism is in the midst of one of the transformative moments of its history. 
Unitarian Universalism has always been a combination of competing impulses and as…

The mystery of Dating the posts

I have been asked to clarify the dates on which I posted my posts of appreciation of the UUA Presidential Candidates.

I published the first four posts -- the Big Picture post, and the three appreciations on 5/21. I published the endorsement on 5/30.

Upon the request of Susan Frederick Gray, I made two corrections to the appreciation of her: the first to clarify that she did not start running for the President of the UUA in 2012, but started thinking about running in 2012. The second was to clarify that her parents did not actually divorce in her younger years, but have stayed together after a difficult renegotiation of their marriage.

I received both of these requests before I made my endorsement of her, but made the corrections after her. Blogger persisted in listing the posts in reverse chronological order.

I have now learned how to keep my endorsement at the top of my blog by saying it was published in the future.