Revising the UUA Principles & Purposes

At General Assembly this June the UUA will vote to accept a new version of Article 2 of our denomination by-laws. The Principles and Purposes were last updated in 1985. Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions was added as a source in 1995.

The new version is quite different. You can see the Article 2 Draft here. print version

Many resources about Article 2 to guide discussions. One I especially like: Slides on current and proposed Article II and their relationship by Rev. Dr. Cynthia Landrum. Please use attribution if using the slide with the word cloud or the slide with my personal graphic at the end.

As homework for a discussion at First Parish of Sudbury, Unitarian Universalist, I tried to match the new principles with the old.

Interdependence. 7!
Pluralism. 4 (free & responsible search), 6, 2
Justice. 5 (democratic processes), 6
Transformation. 3 (spiritual growth)
Generosity. ?
Equity. 1 (inherent dignity and worthiness)

That was harder to do that I anticipated. Matching the old principles to the new was not much easier.

[Equity]  	1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;   
[Justice/Equity]2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
[Transformation]3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
[Pluralism]	4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
[Justice]	5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
[??]		6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
Interdependence]7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Then I just matches the phrases in the old principles to line numbers in the new using New Principles, Values & Covenant with lin numbers
On the left is the line number with text that corresponds to the old principle.

41: 1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
--: 2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
36: 3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
29: 4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
62: 5th Principle: The right of conscience ...
33: 5th Principle: ... democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
--: 6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
22: 7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
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