ENGAGE Program: The 7th UU Principle
PLUUF member Becky Feyen will explore our 7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. Please join us for a conversation of the principle which is arguably the culmination of the previous 6 Principles. You will have an opportunity to share how the 7th Principle connects to your personal belief of your earthly existence and/or a power greater than yourself.
“Our seventh Principle, respect for the interdependent web of all existence, is a glorious statement. Yet we make a profound mistake when we limit it to merely an environmental idea. It is so much more. It is our response to the great dangers of both individualism and oppression. It is our solution to the seeming conflict between the individual and the group. “Our seventh Principle may be our Unitarian Universalist way of coming to fully embrace something greater than ourselves. The interdependent web—expressed as the spirit of life, the ground of all being, the oneness of all existence, the community-forming power, the process of life, the creative force, even God—can help us develop that social understanding of ourselves that we and our culture so desperately need. It is a source of meaning to which we can dedicate our lives.”
—Rev. Forrest Gilmore, Executive Director of Shalom Community Center, Bloomington, IN