The Eighth Principle at UUCLB
The Proposed 8th Principle for 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.
Our shared commitment to the seven principles is a central part of what connects us as Unitarian Universalists. Momentum is growing around the country for the inclusion of an 8th Principle. The 8th Principal is our proposal to be in covenant with the Beloved Community. Covenants can change a culture. They hold the potential to transform relationships, communities, and institutions.
Many informal conversations are happening now within the congregation at coffee hour, in committee meetings, and you’ve even heard about the 8th Principle from Rev. Lissa in Sunday Services. The 8th Principle Task Force has also been running articles in the monthly Advance and adding short blurbs to the weekly announcements. Make sure your friends are informed! Check out our Advance Archives below:
Upcoming 8th Principle Events:
Steps leading up to the 2020 formation of UUCLB’s 8th Principle Task Force
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. Our next step as a congregation is to hear and respond to the call from Black Lives UU to adopt the 8th Principle.
The 8th Principle is really just the beginning of action, rather than the ultimate goal. It should lead to greater action by groups and committees such as the “Widening the Circle of Concern” study groups, that our Racial Justice committee will be forming as soon as the 8th Principle is adopted at UUCLB, and the Board Commissioned Task Force that will come from it. Many BIPOC persons have been attracted by the values and potential of UUism, but their souls have been repeatedly wounded by its whiteness. Let’s make our actions match our values. Let’s be part of the UU movement of churches that have adopted the 8th principle!
Moving forward with 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, once it is adopted. You can download a copy of the report, or listen to it for free here, or purchase it from the UUA’s bookstore. And while you’re downloading or purchasing this, don’t forget the newly released Widening the Circle of Concern Study/Action Guide that can be downloaded 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 and score one for $5!
For more information about these forming study groups, watch for announcements from your Racial Justice Committee, or contact Jan Seymour-Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org
Will adopting an 8th Principle solve anything?
This question does not have a simple yes or no answer. The 8th Principle is one of the tools we hope to add to our spiritual toolbox. If you are having trouble imagining what happens when the 8th Principle gets passed by a congregation, we invite you to light a candle, enter a space of spirituality, and view our 8th Principle Workshop video, 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
“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