UU Values, Principles, and Article II

At the end of June UUs from across the nation gather for fellowship, faith development, and the annual business meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Association at our General Assembly (GA). This year our church is represented by Rev. Michael Leuchtenberger, Rev. Lyn Marshall, and church members Dan Frye and Jim Curley.

The delegates are voting on whether to continue discussion on revision of Article II of the UUA’s bylaws. Article II includes several foundational statements about our faith, and currently includes the 7 Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. In 2020, an Article II Study Commission was formed by the UUA Board. An excerpt from their charge includes: “to review Article II of the UUA Bylaws, and propose any revisions that will enable our UUA, our member congregations, and our covenanted communities to be a relevant and powerful force for spiritual and moral growth, healing, and justice.”

The Study Commission has proposed a new Article II, a radical change that articulates our values in a new way. You can read the proposal and their full report at: www.uua.org/files/2023-02/article-II-study-report-2021-23.pdf.

The proposed revision will NOT be adopted at this GA. If the proposal receives preliminary approval, it will be further discussed in the coming year, with a final vote set for GA 2024. The image is one piece of the proposed Article II: a visual expression of our shared values.

One Response to “UU Values, Principles, and Article II

  1. Did the proposed revision receive preliminary approval? Is there an expectation that the UUA will receive written responses from each church in the association? Nice graphic. Has there ever been one created for the current principles and purposes? Thank you for your time and attention to this process.

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