President’s Message

 

John Comer

What is the 8th Principle?

We covenant to affirm and promote:
Journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.

Personally, the things I like about it is that it makes beloved community a specific goal. I also like that it specifically calls for inward growth in a way that is directly tied to beloved community, not just to collective spiritual growth.

I also respect the effort to acknowledge America’s particularly storied history in regards to race inequality, while not making the principle exclusively about race.

I also like the specific call for diversity. I think even in predominantly white communities, it is a powerful reminder to reach out explicitly to LGBTQ+ communities, folks of different socio-economic status, and even to interfaith and humanist organizations.