President’s Perspective – 8th Principle and our future

Hello, beloved UUCoMo community!

Hoppy April, UUCC. In this time of rebirth and renewal, let us reimagine what it means to be part of this beloved community we call UUCC. Where do you envision us going forward? How do you expect us to create this vision we set for ourselves in both our community and the community at large?

We have an opportunity to put in writing what we are already doing. BlackLives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) has provided us with a vision for how we can live our 7 principles. As I wrote this, I was looking up how other UU Communities have discussed adopting the 8th Principle. In doing so, I found a video from the First Unitarian Church of Oakland where Rev. Theresa Ninán Soto talked with Rev. Dr. Michael Tino about the 8th Principle as the congregation voted on whether to endorse the Principle.

Since Rev. Molly just had Rev. Ninán speak to our church on Disability Theology, I just knew this was not a coincidence and that I had to share this video with you all. If you have any questions about the 8th Principle and want to talk more about it, I would love to do that with you. Here is a link to their recorded discussion: https://uuoakland.org/services/december-12-2021-8th-principle-vote-love-is-not-all/

And here is a link to one of my favorite words of worship from Rev. Theresa Ninán Soto that I think it is great to think about as you contemplate adding this Principle into our congregation and community: https://www.uua.org/worship/words/poetry/freedom-liberation

In Love,
Tim Dickerson, 2021-22 President