Exploring the Seven UU Principles

Now that the “Play” part of Principles & Play has launched during First Hour, it is time to start exploring our Seven Principles. The Seven Principles are part of the covenant of the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, as adopted in 1985 and modified in 1995 and officially titled The Principles and Purposes. 

For details, read here: https://www.uuworld.org/articles/the-uuas-principles-purposes-1985

Here at St John’s, we will start by introducing the concept of the principles as a whole during First Hour on Sunday, January 26. Thereafter on the second and fourth Sundays from February through May,we will focus on a particular principle. Instead of starting with principle one as you might expect, we will follow a countdown process, beginning with Principle Seven on Sunday, February 9. 

We invite everyone to consider joining in a lively discussion about what our Seven Principles mean; that is what do they look like in your life? How does it feel when the Principles are put into practice in our community? So, whether you’ve been aboard the St. John’s UU boat for years or just starting to set sail, you are welcome to listen, learn, reflect and share.

Adult groups will meet in Jefferson, ages 3-6 in Rosa Parks and ages 6-10 in Lincoln. Middle schoolers will meet in Haehnle upstairs in the main hallway. Alicia Rosselot, Phyliss Flanagan and Bill Gordon will lead the children and youth groups. According to responsible staffing guidelines, we need to have another adult in the room for each of the children’s groups. During the fall, we made do with two teachers by keeping all the children together in Rosa Parks. Feedback indicated that separating the children into a couple groups is preferred by both children and teachers. Please look at the schedule below and contact programming@stjohnsuu.org to volunteer your time and talent.

9:30-10:30 am onWeek ofmonthTopicPrinciple
January 26, 20204Whys & WhereforesIntro
February 2, 20201

February 9, 20202Pets, Pests. Plants, PeopleUUP 7
February 16, 20203

February 23, 20204Transylvanian TouchpointsUUP 6
March 1, 20201

March 8, 20202Primary ProcessUUP 5
March 15, 20203

March 22, 20204Seeking SpiritualityUUP 4
March 29, 20205Field trip?
April 5, 20201

April 12, 20202Easter-Out w/OtheringUUP 3
April 19, 20203

April 26, 20204Compassionate CommunicationUUP 2
May 3, 20201

May 10, 20202Individual ImportanceUUP 1
May 17, 20203

May 24, 20204People of Principles