UU Pittsburgh Assembly to Explore the 8th Principle

By Sunshine Jeremiah Wolfe

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More than 125 Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations and communities have voted to include the 8th Principle and, as a result, actively support change in their congregations to support it. On November 6th, UUs of Greater Pittsburgh- a membership organization of 12 congregations- will gather to discuss the 8th Principle and what it can mean for our congregations. The keynote will be one of the co-authors of the 8th Principle, Paula Cole Jones. This online Assembly is open to all Unitarian Universalists and congregations.

The 8th Principle states:

“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.”

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Congregations and communities have voted to approve or explore the 8th Principle understanding that the exact wording may not what we settle on in the long run. The Article 2 Study Commission was formed to review our existing Principles and Sources. In the Commission process, the 8th Principle will be considered for inclusion and will be edited through that standard process. The General Assembly this past summer voted to encourage the Commission to include the 8th Principle in some form in the final language. The first vote on Article 2 will happen at General Assembly 2023 in Pittsburgh, PA.

The Board of the UUs of Greater Pittsburgh voted to support this topic for their Annual Assembly to support area congregations in preparing for this important vote at General Assembly 2023. They also wish to support congregations who have already voted on or actively considering supporting the 8th Principle as a congregation. They agreed that this is an important topic for many people and will open the Assembly to all who wish to attend.

It will be an engaging and meaningful time with worship, a keynote, presentations by congregations who have supported the 8th Principle, and time for discussion and connection. Learn more and register on the CER website. We hope to see you there!

About the Author

Sunshine Jeremiah Wolfe

Rev. Sunshine J. Wolfe is Congregational Field Staff for the Central East Region serving congregations in western Pennsylvania and across Ohio. Ghe hails originally from Indiana where ghe learned to sing, dance, and cause trouble- the social justice kind. Ghe is currently a member of TRUUsT...

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