I was going to write about the UUA Board of Trustees’ revisiting the Principles and Purposes by means of a review committee, as required by the Bylaws and now overdue. The I got sick — better now — but Philocrites picked up the theme and a number of people have commented there.
I get the feeling it isn’t going to be pretty. Many or most Unitarian Universalists have become very invested in them as-is, and forget (or never knew) they were hotly contested then. By means of a process piece, I think it would be helpful if the UUCF (and other organizations) would reprint online the various papers and debates that rocked the early 80s. On the whole, they were models of civility and cool-headedness. Recall, it was touch and go there if a good portion of the Christian cohort would have left the UUA over the matter, or so I’ve heard.
That said, if the Bylaws require them, the process is overdue. The addition of the “sixth source” wasn’t a review — as others have noted — and a fifteen year time frame isÂ about right lest they “develop their own weather” and resist any capacity to change.Â Despite the anti-creed bylaw plank, I have read UU congregational bylaws (who doesn’t? all the kids are doing it) online a few use it as the basis — in full or part — for bounding membership. (I made a mental note because if they did it, and it was allowed, then a new Christian church ought to have some latitude in deciding where its theological boundaries are. That’s back when I had hope that a Christian church would be welcomed to the UUA on parity, or that new churches of any stripe were a vital concern of the Association.)
I wonder if this will be the buzz at GA this year.