Announcing Two Candidates for the UUA Board

Two Candidates Qualified for UUA Trustee Election Two candidates, Beverly Seese and Rebecca Mattis have qualified to be placed on the ballot at this year’s Portland, Oregon General Assembly (June 22 – 26) for UUA Board of Trustee positions.  Using the UUA bylaws’ provision to run by petition, there will again be actual elections for board … Read more

Against Illiberalism

Against Illiberalism, A critique of illiberal trends in liberal institutions, with a focus on neoracist ideology in Unitarian Universalism by David Cycleback (ברוך בן אברהם ושרה) Comment from the Fifth Principle Project We are presenting the following Discussion by David Cycleback, a Jewish philosopher and cognitive scientist, as a Guest Contributor. David’s paper is thoughtful, well written … Read more

Unitarian Universalist Theocracy

“The church hates a thinker precisely for the same reason that a robber dislikes a sheriff . . .” Robert Ingersoll, American lawyer and writer From Used to be UU Chapter 4, COIC: Scope and Implications Administrative or Theological Center Less obvious in a reading of the Widening the Circle of Concern is the intent … Read more

Liberal Religion

We are adding to our Sermon Series, a sermon delivered by Rev. Rick Hoyt-McDaniels at the February Unitarian Universalists Multiracial Unity Action Council monthly service entitled Liberal Religion. Permission has been granted so you may share sermons from our Sermon Series with others in your congregation.   Three Samples From the Sermon Sample 1 And … Read more

Have You No Sense of Decency?

Below is a sermon Rev. Dr. Todd Eklof delivered on Sunday, January 16, 2022, at the UU Church of Spokane. In his sermon, Rev. Dr. Eklof addresses the January 11, 2022 letter from the UUA Executive Vice President to the UU Seven Principles Fellowship. The letter begins, “”We demand that you immediately cease and desist … Read more

A Response to a Concerned UU

We are publishing two letters today. The first letter is from the Ministerial Fellowship Committee (MFC). The MFC has jurisdiction over the credentialing of UU ministers. The MFC letter responded to an earlier letter (not posted here) sent in December 2021 to the President of the UUA. That letter stated in part, “I am extremely … Read more

Article II Study Commission Survey

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 … Read more

Correction: Ours is a Liberal Religion, not a “Covenantal” One

In his October 17, 2021, sermon, Rev. Dr. Todd Eklof, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, straightforwardly and understandably, explains how UU leadership is attempting to transform UUism from a liberal religion founded on freedom, reason, and tolerance to a covenantal one. You are encouraged to share the URL of the sermon on … Read more

Changes You Should Know About

If you want readers to immediately abandon your article, start with, “I want to talk about bylaws.” Hopefully, you are still reading. Your attention is needed on two UUA committees that are laboring away to revise our Association’s bylaws. These efforts have the real potential to change the nature of the Association and UUism substantially. … Read more

How Intolerance, Censorship and Dogmatism Make Unitarian Universalism Increasingly Unwelcoming to Jews

by Dr. Maskil David Cycleback (David Cycleback is an internationally known scholar in cognitive science, philosophy and artifacts studies, and the author of eleven peer-reviewed university textbooks including Cognitive Science of Religion and Belief Systems, Understanding Human Minds and Their Limits, and Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence (link). Ordained in interfaith and a practicing Jew, he … Read more