The 8th Principle: Building the Beloved Community

Please Put June 6th on Your Calendar and sign up for the Workshop today!

Paula Cole Jones will be preaching at Sunday morning’s service and will lead a workshop from 1:00 to 4:30 that afternoon.

Sermon:  The 8th Principle: Building the Beloved Community

How strong is our faith with and without the 8th Principle?  Can the strength of Unitarian Universalism be measured in the true transformative power of our Principles?  It is the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism that bring us together. Momentum is growing around the country for the inclusion of an 8th Principle:  It states:

“We, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by building a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”

The 8th Principal is our proposal to be in covenant with the Beloved Community.  Covenants can change a culture.  They hold the potential to transform relationships, communities, and institutions.  On Sunday, June 6th Paula Cole Jones and Rev. Eric Meter will explore these ideas in conversation.

Workshop: Building a Culture of Inclusion

Building Beloved Community is about building a culture of inclusion.  Is this our unfinished business or is it the bridge to a vibrant future for Unitarian Universalism?  Over 50 congregations have had positive votes to adopt an 8th Principle that calls on us to build the Beloved Community.  And many more are in process.  Will we heed the call?

You are invited to join Paula Cole Jones on June 6th for an interactive workshop to explore why we need an 8th Principle and why now?

BIO of Paula Cole Jones

Paula Cole Jones is a life-long Unitarian Universalist and a Management Consultant with over twenty years of experience in designing and facilitating workshops and dialogues for leaders and organizations.  She is an innovator of institutional change.  In 1999, Paula founded ADORE, A Dialogue on Race & Ethnicity.  Her work includes being a leader in advancing the 8th Principle and the Community of Communities as practices of the Beloved Community.  Paula is the author of a UU World Magazine cover story, Reconciliation as a Spiritual Discipline.  She is also the editor of a Skinner House book, Encounters: Poems about Race, Ethnicity and Identity and a contributing author to three Skinner House books, including the UUA Common Read, Justice on Earth.

To sign up for the workshop, please contact Suzanne Landis or by email to the

Workshop will be by Zoom so registration is required to receive the link.