The Harm Principle and Wise Discernment

by James Anderson   The Dalai Lama in “Ethics for a New Millennium” suggests that there is an important role for critical thinking – i.e. reason and logic – in avoiding harm: “Skillful means can be understood in terms of the efforts we make to ensure that our deeds are motivated by compassion. Insight refers … Read more

The Anti-Semitism in Critical Race Theory

This is an excellent read.  The following is from the article. “In the critical social justice paradigm, Jews, who have never been seen as white by those for whom being white is a moral good, are now seen as white by those for whom whiteness is an unmitigated evil.”   Critical Race Theory and the … Read more

Break Glass in Emergency

by Jay Kiskel, UUA Board Candidate With the publication of Used to be UU, The Systematic Attack on UU Liberalism and the submission of my petition for a position on the national UUA Board, I have been staying current by reading the weekly General Assembly updates and the 1st quarter UUA Board meeting minutes.  After … Read more

The Gadfly Affair

Below is a review by Frank Casper, co-founder of the Fifth Principle Project, of Rev. Todd’s Eklof’s new book The Gadfly Affair: A 21st Century Heretic’s Excommunication from America’s Most Liberal Religion that documents his experiences following the publication of The Gadfly Paper in 2019. About the Book Freedom, reason, tolerance. These are the values … Read more

General Assembly Booth Denied

On March 24, 2021, we received an email from the Director of the General Assembly & Conference Services indicating that the Fifth Principle Project’s booth application at the June virtual General Assembly had been placed “on hold.” The email indicated that the hold was motivated by the receipt of three emails “expressing concern about the … Read more

Used to Be UU

Used to Be UU Our book is now available on 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 … Read more

Unfortunate Public Response

We have become aware that a UU minister posted a video on YouTube entitled “Don’t Trust the Fifth Principle Project!”  The video accuses the founders of the Fifth Principle Project of deception. Without citing any evidence, it is alleged that the Fifth Principle Project’s purpose to reinvigorate our faith in the democratic process within our … Read more

Updates from the Fifth Principle Project

Petition Submitted The petition for Jay Kiskel, co-founder of the Fifth Principle Project, to be a candidate for a position on the UUA Board of Trustees has been submitted. At the 2021 June virtual General Assembly, new board members will be presented. We urge you to attend the 2021 virtual General Assembly as a voting … Read more

Candidate for UUA Board of Trustees

The Fifth Principle Project is announcing that one of its co-founders, Jay Kiskel, has decided to run by petition for a position on the UUA Board of Trustees.  Per the UUA bylaws, an individual may submit their name for consideration by obtaining 50 signatures with no more than ten signatures from a single congregation. An … Read more

Letter Concerning the Proposed 8th Principle

The Proposed 8th Principle The proposed wording of the 8th Principle is: “We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.” The … Read more