Sermon Series on Eight Principles Launches July 19

Beginning, Sunday, July 19, the Davies Unitarian Universalist Congregation will take a deep dive into the Eight Principles of Unitarian Universalism. (While the national faith movement currently acknowledges just Seven Principles, Davies and 25 other congregations have adopted an Eighth Principle specific to the work of anti-racism and anti-oppression.) In a recent message to the congregation, Rev. Norm shared the following:

“Friends – Our global faith movement is in a time of transition – and a time of astounding possibility. Just last Sunday, participants and delegates to our General Assembly brought home news of welcome changes visible on the horizon. These changes speak to the very core of our shared faith. They are central to the theology that grounds us.

“Among many exciting initiatives is a commitment – on the national level – to revisit the Sources and Principles detailed in Article II of the Bylaws of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

“An Article II Study Commission has been formed to propose revisions to those Principles and Sources and help our faith “be a relevant and powerful force for spiritual and moral growth, healing, and justice.” The charge to the Commission further states that “Our commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, and multiculturalism is love in action, and should be centered in any revision.”

“With all of that in mind, our upcoming sermon series on the Eight Principles of Unitarian Universalism takes on new importance. We will journey into these core tenets of our faith with open hearts and inquisitive minds. The Commission will be reaching out to us for our feedback and suggestions. Let us be ready to enter that conversation responsibly.

“Much of this was discussed during last Sunday’s post-service discussion. I’m so grateful to everyone who participated in that conversation. You helped me understand that the time has come to hold our Principles “loosely,” not as edicts set in stone but as a living text that can evolve to fit our ever-changing and ever-more-enlightened faith community.

“I look forward to seeing you this Sunday as we begin this journey through the Principles, starting with the “inherent worth and dignity of every person.” (Many of my colleagues have already revised those words to the “inherent worth and dignity of every being,” to be inclusive of all Creation.) Together, we’ll dive into these beloved texts, considering their beauty, their strength, and their continuing evolution.”