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Monday, September 15, 2008

New and improved Principles and Purposes?

While I've been offline for the last several weeks — moving to a new apartment and falling into radio silence as Verizon failed repeatedly to get our phone line and Internet connection up and running — the UUA Commission on Appraisal has released its draft revision of the Unitarian Universalist Association's bylaw "Article II," better known as the "Principles and Purposes." This revision is the culmination of two years of work by the Commission, which took up a mandatory review of Article II when the Board of Trustees realized, several years late, that a review was overdue. Warren Ross, who wrote about the origins and popularity of the current Seven Principles for UU World back in 2000, has been reporting on the Commission's revision process. Here's his news story about the text the Commission released on September 1.

The Commission is seeking feedback about its draft by October 16. (Update 9.17.08: Link updated.) After that time, they'll refine the draft and submit it to the Board. After board approval, the text will then go to the 2009 General Assembly for a preliminary vote. Unless a majority of delegates nixes the revision next June in Salt Lake City, or unless at least one-third of delegates dislikes the final text in 2010 in Minneapolis, the new language will take effect.

You can see how bloggers have responded to the draft via the links Kenneth Sutton collected for UU World's "Interdependent Web" blog two weeks ago; this past week, I rounded up blog reactions to the draft's use of the phrase "cultural misappropriation" in its Sources section.

Do you like the revised text? Have you given feedback to the Commission yet?

Copyright © 2008 by Philocrites | Posted 15 September 2008 at 8:44 AM

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Joel Monka:

September 15, 2008 10:03 AM | Permalink for this comment

I made my comments in the form of an entire re-write here:

Neal McBurnett:

September 17, 2008 06:13 PM | Permalink for this comment

Good reporting as always - thanks to you and the UU World team.

I've also put up a UUWiki page for information and ideas at

Feel free to contribute there if you don't have a blog of your own, so we can more easily collaborate on ideas for this historic document.

Neal McBurnett:

September 17, 2008 06:55 PM | Permalink for this comment

Note - the link to from here and one of the uu world articles is not working - 404 Not Found


September 17, 2008 10:46 PM | Permalink for this comment

Neal, I hate it when a page simply vanishes without a redirect or any obvious reason. It looks like the Commission's page is now at I'll change it here and at

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