Congregational Meeting Dates
Adopting the 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.” –Proposed 8th Principle
On Sunday, March 21st, Suzanne Landis and Roseann Mason, of the “8th Principle Task Group,” led a service that was designed to introduce the 8th Principle to the congregation. Our goal now is to discuss the possibility of joining at least 32 other congregations who have already adopted the 8th Principle. We want to give everyone the opportunity to discuss what that would look like for our church, including what “accountability” means, and what kinds of actions adopting the 8th Principle might call for. In other words, how would that change the way we do things at Olympia Brown?
There will be four Zoom meeting opportunities for you to choose from. They are:
Tuesday, April 13 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, April 15 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 18 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 28 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
If you would like more information before attending a congregational meeting, there are some resources that are available to you. If you were unable to attend the worship service this past Sunday or wish to revisit it, the 8th Principle worship service is available on our website, obuuc.org. Below there are also links to a video and two documents from the uua.org website. (Also, you will find more videos or documents if you do a search for “The 8th Principle” on that website.)
We invite you to sign up for any of the four meetings by contacting Suzanne Landis or Roseann Mason.
The 8th Principle is a covenant and a promise that specifically invites us to engage in the kinds of actions that will lead to “the dismantling of an oppressive and racist system that has been in place for far too long.” We hope that you will consider taking part in these very important discussions.