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In the 1800s, it was the Unitarians who were at the forefront of abolition, women’s suffrage, public education, mental health and prison reform. During the 20th century this evolution of purpose took shape in the form of: immigration justice, racial justice, sexual orientation justice, reproductive justice, economic justice and world peace.
From that heritage, and our 1961 consolidation with the Universalist denomination, the first 6 principles of Unitarian Universalism where written and approved at General Assembly. In 1985, our 7th principle “the respect for the interdependent web of all existence, of which we are a part’’ was added as UU churches and fellowships from around the world came together in recognition that the destructive consequences of a singularity of self-interest were unsustainable for the earth and all it’s inhabitants.
The 7th Principle Project is the next step in our evolution of purpose.
We live at a time of significant change for the world and for the human experiment. We are all aware that critically diminished resources, large scale changes in climate and weather systems, an unsustainable global economic system and more than 200,000 new human beings added to earth every day are only part of the challenge we face for our ultimate sustainability as a species.
The 7th Principle Project has been developed in recognition of these multi-layered challenges, and it is up to each of us to define what this means for this congregation. What does it mean to you that our lives are grounded in interdependence? What does it mean to you that the way we live our lives, and the choices we make, change not only each one of us, but all of life and the earth itself.
At its heart, the 7th Principle Project is an awareness that it is time to truly embody an understanding that our individuality does not and cannot exist in isolation, that everything we do affects the planet and every living thing on earth.
The 7th Principle Project is about asking these questions together and letting the answers form among us. It provides a path for examination of our current impact on the environment and society, and through education and action, a way to create practices of resilience, sustainability and care for each other, and especially the most vulnerable among us. This program is designed to be flexible and responsive to the attitudes and culture of the individual congregation.
The 7th Principle Project is a program that gives roots and wings to the vision that together we can create a world in which all beings have a seat at the table with reverence and gratitude for our living earth. In the final analysis, this project is about remembering who we are, and aligning our values with our actions.
In the words of Margret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”.
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