Thanks to Joseph at Radical Hapa for drawing attention to the Canadian Unitarian Council's proposed revision and domestication of the Unitarian Universalist Association's Principles and Purposes. No need to rehash the P&Ps misuse, but the action draws up two competing thoughts:
- Why are they doing this thing? It seems to be a bit of a muddle. A lot of effort, but not enough of a change to seem worthwhile. The fact it is a "statement of shared values and aspirations" scans rather weak. Also, it undoes the carefully balanced arm's-length recognition that some people might believe in God that the Christians fought for -- thanks to Harry Hoehler -- twenty years ago. Perhaps some of these issues will be worked out in future drafts. Or perhaps not.
- Weren't we (the UUA) supposed to get back around and revisit the Principles and Purposes? I thought a fifteen-year review was part of the deal. Part of me thinks that Christianity would suffer under a revision, or that this might reactivate lazy Christians. Also, it might shake up the growing P&P idolatry. But that's precisely why I don't see a revision happening.
For a different kind of document, look to the "revised Object of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches."
Discuss among yourselves.