The Eighth Principle at UUCLB
Register for Building a Culture of Inclusion Workshop, Sat, Feb 26, 2022
To engage in the work of fulfilling our 8th Principle, adopted in May 2021, we have invited Paula Cole Jones, a life-long Unitarian Universalist and an innovator of social change, to conduct her transforming workshop, Building a Culture of Inclusion.
Please click on link (the event is free) to register for the 9:00 – 2:30 Saturday, February 26, virtual workshop. Everyone will have the option of zooming from home or gathering with other participants on the UUCLB campus.
Apply for 8th Principle Scholarship to attend UUA General Assembly, Wed-Sun, June 22-26, 2022, virtually or in-person in Portland, Oregon
Inspired by “Widening the Circle of Concern,” 8th Principle Scholarships for GA 2022 will be awarded to members of our congregation with social locations that are marginalized and silenced by white supremacy culture. Some of those social locations are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), LGBTQ+, Disabled, Economically Disadvantaged, Youth and Young Adults.
Apply for 8th Principle Scholarship to attend UUA General Assembly in one of two ways by Sunday, March 13, 2022: 1) complete on-line or 2) download the application form, print it, and follow the instructions on the form.
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. 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 which will be hosted in the future, email the Racial Justice Team at firstname.lastname@example.org