Article II and the Proposed 8th Principle

Article II of the UUA Bylaws and the Proposed 8th Principle

Article II

What is Article II?

A special commission of the Unitarian Universalist Association Board is recommending an update to Article II of the UUA Bylaws, which is the covenant to which congregations and covenanted communities pledge themselves when they become members of our UUA. There is a two-year process to adopting these changes. Article II has not been updated since the 1980’s.

The Article II Study Commission completed the final draft of its proposed revision to Article II in October 2023.
We encourage you to carefully read and discuss it with members of our congregation and in other UU communities.

Article II Purpose and Covenant: Final Proposal by the Article II Study Commission

Amendments
Amendments to the Article II Study Commission’s proposed revision were submitted by 11:59pm Eastern on February 1, 2024.

Each amendment submitted by congregational petition under Section C-15.1(c)(4) of the UUA Bylaws had a primary congregational sponsor. Each primary congregational sponsor was the primary sponsor of one amendment to the proposal. Amendments met the following standards to be considered:

  • only applied to a single section of the Article II proposal;
  • matched the structure of the UUA Bylaws and Rules; and
  • could not conflict with other rules, bylaws, or adopted statements.
  • had the support of at least 15 certified UUA congregations.

The Board reviewed all submitted amendments to ensure they met the standards listed above. All submitted amendments which were received and supported by the deadline and met these standards were publicly posted on the Discussion Forum on February 2, 2024. Any member may participate in the online discussion.

Four Amendments met the above criteria and will be considered before the final vote on Article II at the 2024 General Assembly. They are, in no particular order:

* Amendment:
41 Equity. We declare that every person [DELETE: has the right to] [INSERT: is inherently worthy and has the right to] flourish with [DELETE: inherent dignity and
42 worthiness] [INSERT: dignity, love, and compassion].

Clean version:
41 Equity. We declare that every person is inherently worthy and has the right to flourish with
42 dignity, love, and compassion.

* Amendment:
20 Inseparable from one another, [DELETE: these] [INSERT: our] shared values are:

21 The UUA Board and staff will develop procedures for updating the graphic as needed.

44 and inclusive communities.
[INSERT: Peace. We dedicate ourselves to peaceful conflict resolution at all levels.
We covenant to promote a peaceful world community with liberty and human rights for all. Whenever and wherever possible we will support nonviolent means to achieve peace.]

Clean version:
20 Inseparable from one another, our shared values are:

44 and inclusive communities.

Peace. We dedicate ourselves to peaceful conflict resolution at all levels.

We covenant to promote a peaceful world community with liberty and human rights for all. Whenever and wherever possible we will support nonviolent means to achieve peace.

*Amendment:
41 Equity. We declare that every person has the right to flourish with inherent dignity and
42 worthiness.
43 We covenant to use our time, wisdom, attention, and money to build and sustain fully
44 accessible and inclusive communities. [INSERT: Equity calls us to listen, understand, respect, and respond to one another.]

Clean version:
41 Equity. We declare that every person has the right to flourish with inherent dignity and
42 worthiness.
43 We covenant to use our time, wisdom, attention, and money to build and sustain fully
44 accessible and inclusive communities. Equity calls us to listen, understand, respect, and respond to one another.

* Amendment:
After Line 44 and inclusive communities

[INSERT: Reason. We search for truth and meaning, informed by reason, evidence, and the results of science, motivated by wonder, curiosity, and compassion.

We covenant to listen to and respect the views of others, and to remain open to new ideas.]

After Line 21 Shared Unitarian Universalist Values
[INSERT: The UUA Board and staff will develop procedures for updating the graphic as needed.]

Clean version:
After Line 44

Reason. We search for truth and meaning, informed by reason, evidence, and the results of science, motivated by wonder, curiosity, and compassion.

We covenant to listen to and respect the views of others, and to remain open to new ideas.

What is the Fellowship’s Role?

Congregations are asked to continue the conversation about Article II. Members and supporters are encouraged to engage with one another, ask questions, share thoughts and concerns, and prepare for the final vote of congregation delegates to be held at the 2024 General Assembly.

What are the Immediate Next Steps?

Consider participating in the online 2024 General Assembly to learn more about the business and governance of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Registration is now open. Look for announcements in the What’s Up weekly e-newsletter for upcoming discussion opportunities.

Proposed 8th Principle

What is 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.”

What is the Fellowship’s Role?

UU congregations have been in conversation about the proposed 8th Principle for several years. Each UU congregation may decide whether to adopt and adhere to the 8th Principle.

What are the Immediate Next Steps?

Check out the 8th Principle website for more information about its history.

Register for the upcoming Discussion Series on on the UUA’s 2022-2023 Common Read “Mistakes and Miracles”.

Mistakes & Miracles Book Read and Discussion
Four Session Series from 10:00am-11:30am on 4/27, 5/18, 6/22, 7/27
Facilitated by: Jenny Kim and Angie Vincoli
In “Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry,” Rev. Dr. Kristen
Harper writes about the power of relationships in creating multiracial, antiracist Beloved
Community:

“Undaunted, we stumble forward and backward together, transformed by
the power of our openness and brokenness.”

Join Angie Vincoli and Jenny Kim in a book read and discussion that explores our own
personal and congregational experiences (failures and successes) in moving towards
multiracial, antiracist Beloved Community. Using the book, Mistakes and Miracles, the
2022-2023 UU Common Read, in which co-authors Nancy Palmer Jones and Karin
Lin-Greenberg explore the journeys of five different UU congregations and the joy,
disappointment, and growth that these congregations found in their journey towards
Beloved Community, we invite you to stumble in the right direction with us.