The Fifth Principle Project encourages all to share their thoughts with the Article II Study Commission via a survey developed by the Commission. See below for the survey link.
Article II in our Association’s bylaws (e.g., Constitution) contains our Seven Principles, Six Sources, the Purpose of the Association, Inclusion and Freedom of Belief statements. The Article II Study Commission correctly noted that Article II “is the foundation for all of the work of our UUA and its member congregations and covenanted communities.” As a result, modifications to Article II should be done only to advance the heritage values of UUism and not to satisfy transient causes.
Concern arose in December 2019 when the UUA Board of Trustees granted the Article II Study Commission the freedom “to revise, replace, and restructure” Article II. The Board acted solely on a clause in our Association’s bylaws requiring that Article II be reviewed every 15 years.
A commission similarly charged that faced defeat at the 2009 General Assembly observed that they had no grassroots support and operated solely on the bylaws review requirement. We have posted Chapter 5 “Article II Study Commission: Story of Our Principles” from Used to be UU to give readers more historical context.
There is no grassroots support for a revision of Article II. This revision is a UUA Board sponsored effort that comes on the heels of numerous controversial Board decisions. Decisions that have brought disharmony include the declaration of UUism complicity with white supremacy culture, overt efforts to silence dissenting voices with cries of “out of covenant,” issuing letters of censure and dis-fellowship, probation of alternative viewpoints and banning books at General Assembly.
UUism does not need more controversy but a message that again unites our highly diverse liberal community.
Please make an effort to submit your survey comments by December 31, 2021.
Article II Study Commission Survey
Share your thoughts with the Article II Study Commission by responding to its survey. Take Survey.
Parallel Article II Study Commission Survey
We also ask that you copy your Article II survey responses to a parallel survey. This survey contains the same questions. By sharing your responses, people can see responses submitted to the Article II Study Commission by other concerned UUs.
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