As VIUU’s delegate to General Assembly this year, Rev. Victoria is looking forward to voting on the 7 UU Values that are being proposed by our Article II Study Commission: Love at the center. These 7 values have been integrated into the Soul Matters curriculum that we use for our Sunday Service themes. You can look forward to engaging with them in 2023–2024!
A brief summary about this from the Article II Study Commission website: Article II of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Bylaws, Principles and Purposes, is the foundation for all of the work of our UUA and its member congregations and covenanted communities. It is the covenant to which all of our congregations and covenanted communities pledge themselves when they become members of our UUA.
Our current Principles and Purposes were last revised in 1987. At General Assembly (GA) 2017, there was discussion of amending the Principles to add an 8th Principle, addressing racism, and an amended 1st Principle, addressing non-human life. The 5th Principle was the subject of a report in 2009, which dealt with the ways in which GA and other Unitarian Universalist (UU) gatherings do and don’t embody an inclusive democratic process. The 7th Principle has also been the subject of discussions about possible amendments.
It is time for us to do a review and make changes so that we are living into the Unitarian Universalism of the future, a Unitarian Universalism that holds us in times of great need and ethical, moral and spiritual crises. We are in one of those times now. In response to those discussions, the UUA Board committed to establishing this Article II Study Commission to complete this study and offer a revised Article II.