New UU Theology

by Frank Casper It is important before reading this piece that the reader know that it is largely about theology, and specifically about theology at the UUA as presented at this year’s General Assembly. I am writing it because it is something I have always been interested in and believe to be important. I believe … Read more

Important Observation from General Assembly 2020

With the close of the UUA’s 2020 General Assembly on June 28, 2020, there is one thing that is abundantly clear. There is now an official and concerted effort to redefine UUism. UUA leadership is not proactively responding to an uprising for change from individual members or local congregations. If the logic of the denominational … Read more

Questions for New Moderators

June the 6th I started a Facebook Group named after this site, Fifth Principle Project. The first post concerned some questions I wanted to ask of our new moderators, the Rev. Meg Riley and Charles Du Mond. I also emailed those questions to the moderators, with a link to the FB page,  at the email … Read more

Good Officer Response to MFC Regarding Eklof

June 12, 2020 All, Over a number of years the Rev. Dr. Todd Eklof grew increasingly alarmed by a disturbing trend he noticed in Unitarian Universalist leadership circles – a move away from the historic liberal, democratic principles that had drawn him (and many, many others) into the Unitarian Universalist community, towards authoritarian, dogmatic, top … Read more

The Price of Having a Voice

From Ministerial Fellowship Committee to Rev. Dr. Eklof Dear UUA Religious Professionals and Lay Leaders – I write to inform you that the Ministerial Fellowship Committee (MFC) voted on June 5th to remove the Rev. Dr. Todd Eklof from fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association. The decision was made based on the Rev. Dr. Eklof’s … Read more

Update on Fifth Principle Project

We, like everyone in the nation, altered our lives to address the coronavirus pandemic. We have found a new footing and rhythm with plans now to resume posting discussions before the end of April. Looking forward to your comments. Everyone, please stay safe and healthy.

Commentary on Violations of our U.U. Principles

Guest Contributor Allan Lindrup, Chicago, IL I am writing to express my concern over violations of our UU Principles, particularly the 4th, 5th and 1st Principles, by the UUA, regional staff, and sometimes local congregations. I will start with the 4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.  This does not say … Read more