Used to Be UU
Our book is now available on Amazon.com.
The book contains three sections, History, Theology, and Governance that provide the authors’ analyses of current trends in UUism.
The changes to UUism have not been hidden but have been invisible to most UUs. That invisibility is due to our natural focus on our own congregations. For most UUs, decisions at the Unitarian Universalist Association level in Boston are distant noise easily tuned out. In many ways our inattention has contributed to the concerns we wish to raise, the acceptance by UU leadership of ideological theories antithetical to UU liberalism and the atrophy of democracy in denomination governance.
Since we have no way of communicating with UUs across the nation, we wrote this book as a vehicle for UUs to begin, at a minimum, one-on-one conversations. There is no way to judge the degree of consensus for the changes occurring in UUism unless those changes are widely known and debated. We hope our book will be a first step in bringing UUs together for that discussion.
Excerpt from Chapter 7, New UU Orthodoxy
The impact of this chapter will be directly proportional to your faith in Unitarian Universalism. What that means is, if you are attending a UU congregation because you seek a refuge from the demands of a previous faith tradition or for the choir or for social groups and casual environment, the concerns addressed in this chapter may not be relevant to you. If on the other hand, you are a UU for deeper reasons that even you may not altogether be able to understand, then hopefully you will find this effort rewarding. I (co-author Frank) say this because I did not really know myself the depth of my UU faith until I started to defend it against the drift of the UU leadership, and defending this liberal faith is to me what this book is all about.
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The History section of the book provides the background on a number of events that all UUs should know. There is a chapter on the April 2017 decision that declared UUism harbors white supremacy culture. Another chapter reviews the report from the 2009 Fifth Principle Task Force that declared General Assembly “dramatically broken” to conduct the business affairs of the Association. None of its key recommendations were ever implemented. Two chapters provide an analysis of the report from the Commission on Institutional Change, Widening the Circle of Concern. Chapter 5 reviews the background on the Article II Study Commission, but more importantly, provides the history of our Seven Principles. All UUs are encouraged to read this chapter.
The Theology section provides an insider look on the influence that postmodernism and critical theories have played in setting the direction and tone of UUism. Without this insider understanding of these ideologies, none of the actions taken to set a “new” direction for UUism or the recommendations of the Commission on Institutional Change will make any sense. Another chapter raises alarm over the disturbing trend we have seen to silence free speech . . . arguably the crown jewel of liberal democratic values.
The last section on Governance provides both a recommended way that our Fifth Principle can help us reclaim the spirit of our Seven Principles, but also real examples of ministers who have already faced the consequences of raising their voices in the spirit of a free pulpit only to be shunned, censured or dis-fellowshipped.
Join the Fifth Principle Project
Join the Fifth Principle Project (it’s free) so you can stay connected with others who want to reinvigorate the right of conscience and renew the democratic process in the governing of our denomination.
In ONE YEAR we have grown to over 200 members!
Article II Study Commission Stakeholder
Our request for the Fifth Principle Project to be a Stakeholder in the Article II Study Group has been accepted. The Article II Study Commission has been given full license by the UUA Board of Trustees “to revise, replace or restructure” all sections in Article II. Article II contains our Principles and Sources.
The Article II Study Group will be conducting collaboration sessions this spring and we would like many UUs to make known their support of the Fifth Principle by Joining the Fifth Principle Project.
Booth at 2021 Virtual General Assembly and Board Candidate
The Fifth Principle Project will have a booth at the 2021 Virtual General Assembly AND we are supporting the candidacy of Jay Kiskel, c0-founder of the Fifth Principle Project, to be a UUA Board of Trustee member. We need your congregation’s delegates to vote for Jay at General Assembly to be successful. You can provide financial support by becoming a Supporting Member.
This is the first time in years there has been a competitive race for a board position. As a result GA delegates will actually be given an opportunity to cast a VOTE for a UUA Board member! Typically, UUA Board members are simply “acclaimed” without any input from GA delegates.
Every Voice Deserves a Vote.
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