Several members of the Fifth Principle Project attended a discussion group sponsored by the Article II Study Commission on September 26. The UUA Board gave the Commission a charge in August 2020 to “revise, replace, or restructure” all sections of Article II. Article II in the Association’s bylaws contains the purpose of the Association and Inclusion and Freedom of Belief statements as well as our Seven Principles and Six Sources.
The Article II Study Commission has three remaining Zoom discussion group sessions. See below.
- Tuesday, September 27: 8:00 pm Eastern
- Wednesday, September 28: 7:00 pm Eastern
- Thursday, September 29, noon Eastern
Recommend Members Attend
All members of the Fifth Principe Project are highly encouraged to register and attend one of the remaining sessions.
After some preliminary overview information in each session, participants are randomly selected to join a breakout room where attendees have an opportunity to interact with one another.
The September 26 session focused on the chart below and the three associated questions. It quickly became apparent that there were more high level concerns and questions not covered by the discussion question. Recurring questions/observations were, Why are we changing our Seven Principles? What are we trying to fix? I like our existing Principles.
Once the discussion group returned from the breakout rooms, a scribe read out comments from each of the discussion groups. Some comments included
- I like love in the center.
- We should listen and communicate more.
- No one in our discussion group could agree what the words in the bubble meant.
- Hard to identify actions when we don’t fully understand the bubble chart values.
- Did not understand the difference between Values and Principles.
- Values missing from the Bubble Chart:
- Freedom of belief
- Responsible search
- Human rights
One discussion group offered that the bubble chart was “cartoonish” or something one would see at a corporate retreat.
There was also a discussion on exactly with whom are we covenanting? Is the covenanting at the member congregation level (institutional) or at the individual level? If at the individual level, with whom was an individual establishing an agreement (covenant)? Was the covenant with our fellow congregation members, their congregation or the UUA? A discussion leader was asked to obtain clarification from the Article II Study Commission.
Despite the short notice, we hope you will find time to attend one of these sessions. We ask that you share your experience in the comments section below.
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