We 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.”
The word is out about the 8th Principle! Maybe you’ve heard Reverend Sophia mention it during a worship service. Maybe you’ve participated in one of the discussions or attended another of the related events this last year. Maybe this is the first time you’ve encountered a reference to it (but we hope not!). Regardless of your exposure until now, you still have time to become familiar with what it says and to reflect on whether you think it’s important for our congregation to adopt it. The vote on adoption is Sunday, June 5, at 12 PM. It’s critically important that members participate in that vote.
Voting on the adoption of the 8th Principle is no small thing. A favorable vote means is that we begin (or continue) to do work that can be deeply challenging. The work will demand that we look clear-eyed at our whole history, that we examine both our traditions and our current engagements through the lens of oppressed peoples, and that we open our arms in whole-hearted welcome to all who come through our doors. Agreement to embark on this journey will be made by a majority vote of congregation members. Your attendance at this vote on June 5th, (either in person or virtually) is vital to our congregational process. Please, mark your calendars.
And please also participate in the upcoming events organized by the 8th Principle Task Force. In the “Living the 8th Principle” section of The Arbella is information about those events. The Task Force hopes that they will help answer questions that you have about why we value this Principle and what its ramifications could be. If you have concerns, please reach out to any one of us: Jeri Bayer, Claudia Clark, Danielle England, Ben Jerome, Roma Jerome, Beverly Smith and Izzy Tappan-deFrees