Minister’s Blog

Dear Ones,

Have you seen the draft of the new Article II of our Unitarian Universalist Association’s Bylaws? Article II is the section of the UUA’s bylaws where our UU Principles are documented. As we speak, there is a committee of six UUs, the Article II Study Commission, working on completely rewriting that section. It’s a historical moment for us as Unitarian Universalists! The committee was officially appointed by our UUA and has been engaged in this process for more than two years now. They have been collecting input from a long list of UU stakeholders including congregational leaders, professional associations, identity groups, philosophical and theological groups, and more. I wanted to offer a snapshot of two of the sections they have come up with so far, in the hopes of getting us more engaged in the process here at UCS.

At General Assembly back in June, the Commission presented two possible new versions of the UUA Statement of Purpose:

Draft Purpose A: The UU Association shall devote its resources to and exercise its organizational powers for religious, educational, and humanitarian purposes. Its primary purposes are to equip congregations for vital ministry, to support and train leaders both lay and professional, to heal historic inequities, and to advance UU values in the world. We do all this consistent with our theological pluralism.


Draft Purpose B: The UUA’s purpose is to grow and resource faith communities that support people through their lives’ journeys and transform the world by liberating ourselves through love. We make that love real through care and justice for ourselves, for our communities, and for the larger web of existence that we are all in. We are called upon to risk ourselves for love.

The two drafts are so different from one another! I am drawn to Draft Purpose B. What about you? And here are the proposed Shared Values of Unitarian Universalism, a proposed new section of our Bylaws. They are intentionally arranged in a circle:

What do you think? I am amazed at how different this would be from our current list of Principles. I hope you save the date to reflect on the proposed changes: On October 30 after the worship service we will gather for a Cottage Meeting on Article II. I hope to see you there!

Yours in faith,
Rev. Jolie