Justice: Article II Study Report

This Sunday we will continue our roundtable-style services with Justice. This summer we are exploring the subjects of the Unitarian Universalists Article II Study Report. 

These services are designed to allow participants to share their thoughts if they choose to do so. Sharing is always voluntary; active listening is welcome too. While you are speaking, all others are asked to remain silent and listen carefully and completely. In part one of the discussion we do not permit cross-talk, reactions, or questions except to ask someone to repeat or clarify. Facilitator, Tracy Lunquist, will guide us through our discussion.

Statement in proposed Article II from UUA Study Commission:

Justice. We work to be diverse multicultural Beloved Communities where all thrive.
We covenant to dismantle racism and all forms of systemic oppression. We
support the use of inclusive democratic processes to make decisions.

Questions to ponder:

The UUA’s “Justice” statement is a covenant, like the seven principles. Are you willing and able to accept this covenant? What questions or concerns do you have about how it is expressed?

What do you imagine it looks like to “work to be a diverse multicultural Beloved Community where all thrive”?

What do you imagine it looks like to “dismantle racism and all forms of systemic oppression”?

Some participants at General Assembly felt that the proposed Article II language does not put enough emphasis on the “right of conscience and the use of the democratic process”, as expressed in the fifth UU principle. What, if anything, do you think might change in how we relate to each other, make decisions, or govern our congregation if the new language replaced the language of the seven principles?

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