Why I Support Adopting the 8th Principle

The Proposed 8th Principle:

“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.”

Earl Waters submitted the article below.

I fully and passionately support the adoption of the 8th principal because I feel that we are empowered to continue our personal spiritual growth and that of the Church.  The current 7 Principles are excellent but are in need of expansion and clarification.

As a member of UUSP and a part of the larger Unitarian Unitarian Association, it is my goal to bring about change that will help us all to grow.  We need to codify the intentions of our congregation to overcome the systemic racial and sexual prejudice that exists within our society.

As a white male, I have grown to understand the unfair advantages I have.  Understanding that I have these advantages has given me the responsibility to work towards equality for all.  In our efforts to have all accepted as equal we must work to grow forward not fall back.  In Florida and our country as a whole, we are falling back.  We need to speak up, stand up, and work to fight back against prejudice in all forms.  SILENCE IS COMPLIANCE.

Voting yes for the 8th Principle is a step forward as individuals, as a congregation, and as a Denomination.  In doing so, we will need to look at our responsibilities as members of an imperfect society trying to become less so.  By voting for the 8th Principle, we are accepting our imperfections and shortcomings.  UU is accepting of all people.  We need to continue to grow as individuals, congregations, and as a Denomination showing our humanity to the world.  I also understand that a yes vote is one step forward in the acceptance of our obligation to LOVE everyone.