A Way Forward for the 8th Principle Process

Date: May 13, 2021

At the CUC’s AGM on May 8th, after the report from the Dismantling Racism Study group, a spontaneous motion from the floor passed to immediately adopt the 8th principle, which states: “We, the member congregations of the Canadian Unitarian Council, covenant to affirm and promote: “Individual and communal action that accountably dismantles racism and other oppressions in ourselves and in our institutions.”

Since then, there has been a lot of conversation about the 8th principle, the process  and where we currently stand.

Following the AGM, the Chair, Parliamentarian and Executive Director carefully reviewed the proceedings and AGM transcript. Unfortunately, in allowing the motion to proceed, we did not properly follow the requirement of prior notice for motions, and as a result we violated our own bylaws (refer to bylaw #3). The CUC bylaws supersede all other rules and procedures, thus making the motion invalid and, as such, it does not stand.

We want to be clear that this does not invalidate the passion or commitment we have for this issue. We want to get this right. We want to ensure that there is never a question that Canadian Unitarian Universalists are deeply committed to upholding the principle of dismantling racism and other oppressions, and committed to the work it requires. A process to move forward on this is in development, and you can follow this situation in the following documents:
A Way Forward for the 8th Principle Process
CUC Dismantling Racism Final Report

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