The Eighth Principle at UUCLB
The 8th Principle at UUCLB:
We, the congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach, 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.
*Please note that the phrasing “we covenant to affirm and promote” is commonly used as a precursor to any and all of the UU principles when listed individually or as a group.
The 8th Principal is our covenant with the Beloved Community. Covenants can change a culture. They hold the potential to transform relationships, communities, and institutions.
Moving Forward with our 8th Principle work with UUCLB’s Racial Justice Team
Now that we’ve adopted the 8th Principle it is time for us to move forward with the action of centering the lens of the 8th Principle and viewing our church community through that lens. UUCLB’s Racial Justice Team will begin the work of the 8th Principle with “Widening the Circle of Concern” study groups, that will lead to the formation of the Board Commissioned “Widening the Circle of Concern” Task Force. The Racial Justice Team plans to begin this work in June 2021. All members and friends of the congregation, Committees, Committee Chairs, the Board and all other UUCLB groups are encouraged to participate in one of these study groups. Many BIPOC persons have been attracted by the values and potential of UUism, but their souls have been repeatedly wounded by its whiteness. The 8th Principle calls us to match our actions to our values and be part of a forward moving community dedicated to cultivating a true multi-cultural congregational community!
Moving forward, we have a roadmap report and its accompanying study/action guide to advise us. The Widening the Circle of Concern: The Report of the UUA Commission on Institutional Change (COIC) is the quintessential next step in implementing the work of the 8th Principle. Everyone’s first step on this journey is to read or listen to this report. You can download a copy of the report, or listen to it for free here, or purchase it from the UUA’s bookstore. And you can download the Widening the Circle of Concern Study/Action Guide for free, or sign up to have a copy sent to you.
There are some print-outs of Widening the Circle available from the auction. Contact Jan Goodwin or call the office and let Theresa know you want one, they are only $5!
If you want to join a study group or get more information about the study groups, email the Racial Justice Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
How has the 8th Principle affected other UU Churches?
The 8th Principle is an important spiritual tool newly added to our spiritual toolbox. The following is a 40 minute window into how the 8th Principle affects other congregations from different points of view.
The full versions of all 5 of the 8th Principle Learning Webinars the above UUCLB 8th Principle Workshop video was created from are available at these links:
– Paula Cole Jones Talks About the 8th Principle
– Religious Education and the 8th Principle
– Youth Value the 8th Principle
– The 8th Principle Matters to Members of the BIPOC Community
– Ministry and the 8th Principle
More links for exploring the 8th Principle
More about Paula Cole Jones.
Article from UU World, 2002 To pray without apology
Steps leading up to the adoption of the 8th Principle
In April of 2017 The Black Lives of Unitarian Universalist issued the following: The Black Lives of UU (BLUU) Organizing Collective encourages all Unitarian Universalists to advocate for the formal adoption of an 8th principle, articulating a commitment to the dismantling of white supremacy, within the stated principles of our faith. With our strongly committed Racial Justice community, we already aligned in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. In a congregational meeting on May 1st 2016 we voted unanimously to adopt “A Resolution in Support of the Black Lives Matter Movement”. We also voted in favor of displaying a large “Black Lives Matter and Black Trans Lives Matter” banner on the outside of our building/campus to further show our support. Adopting the 8th Principle was our obvious next step.
8th Principle Task Force Archives
Advance and E-Blast Archives
“The next call to action for racial justice has arrived. My people: Will we answer? The UU White Supremacy Teach-In movement was unprecedented in its scope, and it was just the beginning of a crucial conversation. This conversation has angered some and empowered others. It is, for the first time, an honest conversation. What is at stake is the heart and soul of Unitarian Universalism. We are a people of faith, a faith that demands of us reflection, determination, and yes, a commitment to justice, Centering the voices of the marginalized will be part of becoming wholes as a faith and as a people.” – Aisha Hauser, accepting the Agnus H. MacLean Award, 2018
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 8thP@uuclb.org