Articles, Reflections, & Announcements


The 8th Principle ≠ an 11th Commandment!

By Gwendolyn Waldorf

Are you feeling as if adopting the proposed 8th Principle is like adding an 11th Commandment? Some UUs have that reaction.

Our seven principles express our covenant with other congregations in the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). A vital aspect of our living tradition is that our covenants are not set in stone. We can decide, as a group, to change them.

The UUA Bylaws require a periodic review of Article II—our principles, sources, and the association’s purposes. In 2020, the UUA charged an Article II Study Commission to begin the review process, including considering the proposed 8th Principle.

Why, then, are congregations adopting the 8th Principle independently?

Because the process of review and voting takes a few years. Nationwide, UU congregations recognize the need to commit to the work against racism and other systemic oppressions now.

The grassroots movement for the 8th Principle encourages member congregations to:

  • begin the conversations,
  • examine their own institutional practices, and
  • enable the creation of truly inclusive communities.

As congregations independently adopt the 8th Principle, the support builds for adoption of an anti- oppression principle by the UUA.

As stated in the UUA Charge to the Article II Study Commission: “There is nothing sacred about the number of principles or sources, nor their specific wordings. . . ”

This is an exciting time to be a UU!


Share the Plate This Sunday with UUCT’s Music Fund

By Angel de Armendi

The Music Fund supplements the Music Program expenses providing support in areas not covered by the Music Budget.

In the past it has supported section leaders until their funding became part of the Music Budget.

During the last year or so it has provided technical equipment to make virtual worship possible. Thank you for your generous support!


The Next UPLIFT Trans/Non-Binary Gathering is Tuesday, October 26th @ 8pmET / 5pm PT

The UPLIFT Trans/Nonbinary Monthly Gathering Space is for trans, nonbinary, and other not (completely or at all) cis UUs. Join us to connect with other trans/nonbinary UUs and co-create support and community across our faith. All you need to bring is yourself (and other trans/nonbinary friends, if you’d like)!

These gatherings focus on getting to know each other and on sharing our collective dreams, ideas, and talents for this space. Expansive definitions of trans, nonbinary, and UU all apply. If you are interested in this space, and you aren’t cisgender, it’s a space for you.

This space is intentionally multi-generational. It is open to and welcoming of trans/nonbinary elders as well as children, youth, and young adults. Standard UUA online safety measures apply to ensure all people under 18 are able to attend. We’re glad to have you here!


Gather, Inspire, Launch!

A Two-Part Fall Social Witness Convening of the Commission on Social Witness


The COVID-19 Pandemic: Justice. Healing. Courage.

Wednesday, Oct 13, 7-9 pm ET/4-6 pm PT

Across the world, we UUs find ourselves pulled in many directions for justice & health, humanitarian aid, and earth care. Amid this trying time, let us inspire one another through collective action!



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Kearney Center Meal Service and Preparation Volunteers Needed

By Janet Temkin

If you and your family are looking for a way to give back to our community, the Kearney Center can use your help.

UUCT has signed up to prep and serve lunches on the first, third and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Kearney Center. We will be assisting with dinners on the second Monday of each month. 4-5 volunteers are needed at each mealtime.

Meal prep is a fun way to connect with others and help our vulnerable homeless population at the same time.

You can easily sign up to volunteer using the link below:

Kathryn  Schroeder is now our UUCT coordinator.  Please email Kathryn at for more information.