The 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism

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UU Congregations affirm and promote 7 Principles that were adopted in 1985, and there’s currently a movement to add an 8th Principle which links our anti-racist and anti-oppression commitments to the foundational seven.  This morning, we’ll explore why many congregations have already adopted the 8th Principle, and the possibility of doing so at JRUUC.

Share the Plate

  • Share the Plate donations this week will go to MOSES, a non-partisan interfaith organization that works to promote social justice with a focus on ending mass incarceration and to eradicate the racial disparities in our community that contribute to injustices. JRUUC is a member of MOSES, the Madison chapter of WISDOM, the statewide organization.


Order of Service (click for .pdf)

  • Gathering Song: #188 “Come, Come, Whoever You Are”
  • Centering Sound
  • Welcome
  • Prelude: “Profetiza, Pueblo Mio”, composed by Rosa Martha Zárate Macias
  • Call to Worship
  • Opening Hymn: #1027 “Cuando El Pobre”
  • Lighting the Chalice
  • Musical Response
  • Time for All Ages: “Kids Learn About White Privilege,” Channel 4
  • Hymn: #317 “We Are Not Our Own”
  • Wisdom from the World’s Traditions: “Our Faith’s Complacency in Racism,” Nathan Ryan, and “Questioning Our Assumptions,” Matthew Johnson
  • Reflection: “The 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism” with Rev. Karen
  • Offering: “Lay Laya,” by Mazhari Xhaleghi, performed by Shadi Fallah
  • Joys and Sorrows
  • Closing Hymn: #131, “Love Will Guide Us”
  • Extinguishing the Chalice and Benediction
  • Postlude: “Olam Chesed Yibaneh,” by Rabbi Menachem Creditor


The Eight Principle: “We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, 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.”