We are the living faith:

Integrating the 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism into our Practice

By Alicia “Sunny” Phillips, CVUU Social Justice Committee Co-Chair

Every 15 years, as per the Unitarian Universalist Association bylaws, UU guiding principles are on the agenda for review.  While the time has not yet come for the UUA to vote on the adoption of the 8th Principle, individual congregations across the country have already voted to formally adopt it. The proposed 8th Principle, which articulates a commitment to the dismantling white supremacy, was originally written by Bruce Pollack-Johnson, congregant of Unitarian Universalist Church of Restoration and Paula Cole Jones, Interim UUA CER Congregational Life Staff (https://www.uua.org/offices/people/paula-cole-jones).  The Proposed 8th Principle was later revised and endorsed by Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (https://www.blacklivesuu.com/about-bluu).

During General Assembly in 2017, to address issues of social inclusion present within the faith, the UUA established the study commission to adopt the 8th Principle.  The CVUU Social Justice Committee (https://c-vuu.org/justice-2/) and Racial Justice Task Force (https://c-vuu.org/justice-2/14044-2/) have expedited efforts to present the 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism to the congregation.  At the Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 28, in order to demonstrate commitment to an explicit stance against racism and accountability for addressing systemic oppression, the 8th Principle will be presented to the church for action.

The proposed 8th Principle states: We, the congregation of Coastal Virginia Unitarian Universalists, 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 (https://www.8thprincipleuu.org/).

For more information about the request for action on the adoption of the 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism, contact the Social Justice Committee at cvuu-social-justice@googlegroups.com.

To become actively involved in CVUU racial justice advocacy and programming, contact the Racial Justice Task Force at racial-justice-taskforce-cvuu@googlegroups.com.

Context Resources:

Eight Principal for UU Faith by Bruce Pollack Johnson, 5/7/12: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqzH9UUhAuU

White Supremacy Teach-In (UUA):

https://www.uua.org/blueboat/guides/white-supremacy-teach-in

Dismantle White Supremacy (UUA):

UU Church of the Larger Fellowship with Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility:

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