Why do we need an 8th Principle, and why now?

The most compelling reason for the 8th Principle is that members of color have asked the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to adopt it, as our commitment to the long-term work of dismantling racism and other oppressions. The UUA charged the Article II Commission with the review of our faith’s purpose, principles, and sources, including consideration of the 8th Principle. However, that will be a lengthy process. The lens of social justice, in these last two years alone, points out the urgency of addressing the blatant inequity in our country and the world. Through adoption of the 8th Principle, our church joins numerous other congregations, shows support for its adoption by the denomination, and brings us to the task of anti-racism in the present.