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Young Souls January Events!

Young Souls January Events!

(Check the monthly email for contact information for events) 

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Young Souls January 2018 Events

Happy New Year! There are a lot of Young Souls events in 2018, so make sure to mark your calendars!

If you’d like to organize a Young Souls event, send your idea to the Young Souls Board at youngsoulsboard@googlegroups.com.

 

Wednesday, January 3rd, 7pm-8:30pm – ResistanceBEATS Rehearsal

Join us on our bucket drums as we practice for upcoming actions! We meet every first Wednesday of the month; from 7-7:30pm we eat (bring something to share if you can), from 7:30-8:30pm we practice our cadences and choose upcoming events to support. Bring an action you want us to attend – we prioritize locally organized actions. Organizers are Mashaal, Alice G, and Alyson. If you need a bucket/supplies or of you have other questions. Also email and attend if you want to get involved in other ways like web design, outreach, videography, and video editing. Location: Dining room, All Souls. RSVP on Facebook here.

 

Friday, January 5th, 7pm – Young Souls January Potluck

Join us for our monthly Young Souls potluck! Potlucks are held at a home of one of our members and is a great event for newcomers. Please bring a dish or drink to share with everyone. RSVP on Facebook here. Hosted by Lucianna Harrington. Location: Check the monthly email for address. Visit the Young Souls Blog to see photos of previous potlucks. Questions? Contact Claire.

 

Wednesday, January 10th, 5:30pm – Young Souls Happy Hour

Join us for our monthly happy hour! This is an excellent event for newcomers to attend and meet other Young Souls. Local 16 donates 10% of our checks back to All Souls. Location: Local 16 (1602 U St. NW). RSVP on Facebook here. For those interested, we’ll walk over to Vespers after the happy hour. Questions? Contact Claire.

 

Friday, January 12th – Sunday, January 14th – Jubilee Anti-Racism Training

This training builds awareness of racism in our society and in ourselves. It’s strongly recommended for folks interested in leadership with in the church and organizations in general. Email Alice with questions. Register here.

 

Saturday, January 13th, 7pm – 7 Principles Discussion Weekend Edition!

Are you interested in the ongoing 7 Principles discussion groups, but haven’t had the time to attend? Well, weekend edition is back after the holidays! We are meeting for a second time on the weekend for the 7 Principles Discussion Group! The event will start around 7:00 in the evening and will be a potluck style dinner and conversation about Unitarian Universalist core beliefs. For this meeting we will focus on the Third Principle: Acceptance of one another, and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations. Location: 1002 Girard Street NW, Washington, DC 20001. For more information feel free to email Nick Ford.

 

Sunday, January 14th, 1pm – New Young Souls Com-pan-ioning

Do you still feel new to Young Souls and you’d like to get more connected? Well then this is an opportunity for you. Join us after the second service in Pierce Hall and we’ll decide as we assemble what we want to do together. Maybe we’ll get some treats from Sticky Fingers and take a walk around the neighborhood or choose a locale to cozy up for coffee, tea, or other drinks. It’s up to you as a part of us how you want to break bread together. Jason will be holding up the Young Souls sign so you can find him in Pierce Hall. Questions? Contact Jason. RSVP on Facebook here.

Wednesday, January 17th, 6:30pm – Young Souls 7 Principles Discussion Group

Have you ever wanted to know more about the 7 Principles of Unitarian Universalism? Every third Wednesday of the month we will gather to discuss these 7 basic tenants of the Unitarian Universalist faith. We’ll talk about the actual language of the principle, historical UU perspectives, and our own experiences in relation to the month’s principle. On Wednesday, January 17th, we will cover the fifth principle: “The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.” Snacks and, friendship will be provided. All are welcome, and those who are either new to the community or excited about the faith are especially encouraged to come. Bring your curiosity and join us as we delve into this intentional exploration of UU beliefs! Location: Spirit Room @ All Souls Church- 1500 Harvard St NW, Washington, DC 20009. Contact Nick Ford for more details or with any questions!

 

Thursday, January 18th 6:30-8:30pm – Young Souls Social Justice Task Force Meeting

Join us for our monthly Young Souls social justice task force meeting! Feel free to bring some food/drinks. We’ll be going over making a more inclusive space and caucuses within the Young Soul community. Location: TBD! Questions? Contact Alice Kurima Newberry. Click here to sign up for the Social Justice Task Force e-list and receive AWESOME goodies in your inbox.

 

Sunday, January 21st, 1pm – Young Souls January Brunch

Join us on Sunday January 21st at 1pm for our monthly Young Souls brunch! We’ll meet in Pierce Hall after the service. Location: We’ll be in the dining room after second service. There will be bagels, cream cheese (including vegan options), juice, and fruit. Please bring $5 cash or venmo to Claire. RSVP on Facebook here. Questions? Contact Claire at claire.adrian.tucci@gmail.com.

 

Likely Saturday Jan 27th, 9am-1pm – Full Church Council Meeting

Find out the strategic plan for the church and how to plug into the great initiatives planned for the coming years! Long-standing social justice committees will be featured so you learn about their history, there will be a centering discussion of the importance of incorporating anti-racism into all our work, and there will be round tables where you can meet the movers-and-shakers in our community. The church council is made up of lay leaders within the church from each committee and affinity group, and is an open discussion for all members of the church. Email Alice if you’d like to attend to see how best you can plug in.

 

Thursdays – Young Souls Book Club

In January the Young Souls Book Club will read The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. “The book follows events in the life of a concierge, Renée Michel, whose deliberately concealed intelligence is uncovered by an unstable but intellectually precocious girl named Paloma Josse. Paloma is the daughter of an upper-class family living in the upscale Parisian apartment building where Renée works.” “The Elegance of the Hedgehog is a moving, funny, atmospheric novel that exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us.” YS Book Club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Lauren.

 

February 16th – 19th – Winter Escape 2018!

Join us on the annual 4-day, 3-night fun-filled getaway for UU young adults (ages 18-35+) in the DC area. Winter Escape attendees typically come from All Souls, UUCA (Arlington), MVUC (Mount Vernon), River Road, Silver Spring, and other area congregations. This year’s retreat is at the beautiful Westmoreland State Park (VA) (the same location as WE ’17). The event will be held over President’s Day weekend. The cost of registration is $89/person and is fully refundable before 1/14. Click here to find out more info about the retreat. To register for a spot on Winter Escape 2018, click here! We are excited to continue the fun of this great, inter-congregational retreat… hope to see you at Winter Escape! Questions? Email winterescape11@gmail.com.

 

Young Souls Blog – youngsoulsatallsouls.wordpress.com

We’re looking for new blog posts! Do you have a blog post idea for the Young Souls Blog? We’re looking for new writers to contribute. You could write about a Young Souls event, an All Souls event, or any other topic! Previous blog posts have been about spiritual resources in the DC area, Classic Movie Nights, and the history of the All Souls neighborhood. Contact Justine Rothbart if you’re interested!

 

Young Souls Circle Suppers

In 2018 the Young Souls Circle Suppers will be organized quarterly. The next month for Circle Suppers will be in March! These are wonderful events for newcomers to meet fellow Young Souls in smaller settings. Check out Circle Supper photos on the Young Souls Blog and Facebook. Questions? Contact Justine Rothbart.

 

NEW LISTSERV IS LIVE – Have you signed up?

Sign up for the new Young Souls listserv here! We have set up a new free-posting listserv for everything from invitations to events, rapid response protests, to housing availability and requests. Remember to follow our communication covenants and guidelines and be sure your “Display Name” is your full first and last name. After signing up, you can post to the listserv directly by emailing young-souls@googlegroups.com. Questions? Contact YS President Alice Goldberg.

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Op-Ed: Guide to Some Issues with Proposed Policy Changes

Opinion piece by Alice G, Nick, and Claire 

Guide to some issues with Proposed Policy Changes

Your Church is your most local form of governance and your most local community. Policies, budget, and leadership matters; the Church can only fulfill its mission and be the best it can possibly be if members take an active role in reviewing these documents and asking important questions. Here’s stuff Alice G, Nick, and Claire noticed. This is not a statement on behalf of Young Souls or the Young Souls Board, but our personal work on sussing out the proposed policy changes.

 

Proposed Policy Comments Potential Problems How we plan to vote and why
A process for removal of a member from Church

Addition to Bylaw Article IV, Section 4.

Utilization of the Congregant Behavior Policy

Allows the Board of Trustees to suspend and remove a congregant’s church membership by ⅔ Board vote.

Provides methods for congregants to resign their membership at any time.

Church’s covenants and policies will guide and provide reasons for the suspension and removal of membership

Specifies communication policy and appeal process for member whose membership has been revoked.

This has the intent of removing members from the church who could be a danger to others. Having a policy like this is important to protect our congregants.

The Policy on Congregant Behavior did not go through substantial congregational review as outlined in Policy Governance Framework Part II, 2 & 2a. It was passed in a September Board meeting with no public feedback.

The change specifies using the “Policy on Congregant Behavior” in addition to the other covenant’s and policies. Why name only this policy, and not name the Covenant of Right Relations and the Conflict Resolution Policy as well?

Vote No on this Motion:

Because the Policy on Congregant Behavior was not introduced and substantially reviewed before the entire congregation, the Bylaws should not be changed to be allowed to use the Policy on Congregant Behavior.

Change in who can attend Board meetings

Change to Bylaws Article VII, Section 5.

The Board of Trustees meets once a month but wants the ability to meet more often to get work done. Currently, the Officers are invited to all Board of Trustee meetings, including executive session where sensitive information is discussed as needed.

This change is proposed because the Board of Trustees wants to meet more frequently to get more work done and is not able to accomplish everything in one meeting/month.

The qualification of “regularly scheduled monthly” meetings means that the Officers do not have to be notified of additional Board of Trustee meetings.

With the proposed change, Officers will no longer be allowed to attend executive session.

There are no provisions in the proposed change that mandate the report-back of these additional meetings, and no such rule exists within the Policy Governance Framework (Section F, Part 1. On page 13 for the Board Agenda description)

The Policy Governance Framework Part II, Section B 7 still grants access to executive session.

These changes allow the Board of Trustees to meet without having to report to anyone that they are meeting.

The change limits the participation of church Officers in Board of Trustee meetings. This does not match the description of the Secretary in the Bylaws (Article VIII, Section 2.) and the Policy Governance Framework (Part II, Section B.2) that specifies that the Secretary takes minutes at every Board meeting.

Since Officer terms are 1 year versus the Board of Trustee 3 year terms, it is much more likely young adults will be able to accept a nomination to be an Officer. This change, therefore, limits potential involvement of young adults.

Proposed Amendments:

Strike “regularly scheduled monthly”

Add back in the “(including those held in executive session), but”

Leave in the last two sentences of changes proposed to give the Board of Trustees the opportunity to have additional brainstorming, action based meetings, and executive sessions.

Add to the end: “Any additional working or special meetings held between regularly scheduled monthly Board meetings must be reported and documented during the next monthly Board meeting.”

Addition of the Senior Minister to be a non-voting member of the Board of Trustees

Addition of Section 4 to Bylaws Article IX.

Currently, the Senior Minister is a member of the Executive Team (the Sr. Minister, Associate Minister, and Executive Director). The Sr Minister is also makes all staffing decisions.

The Board of Trustees is the body that reviews the Senior Minister. The entirety of the Policy Governance Framework Part III Board of Trustees Relationship to Executive Team and Staff outlines the ways in which the Board of Trustees reviews the Sr. Minister and the Executive Team.

This was a recommended change made through a review process done by the UUA.

By making the Sr. Minister an ex-officio non-voting member of the Board of Trustees, that gives the Sr. Minister the right to attend all Board of Trustees meetings and all privileges of Board of Trustees membership other than the right to vote. The Senior Minister will have access to all executive session meetings.

This bylaw creates conflicts of interest for the Senior Minister by not allowing the Board to have confidentiality or privacy from the Senior Minister during their evaluations and other potential reviews.

Vote No on this motion.

There is not sufficient separation of power between the Board of Trustees and the Executive Team with this change.

The 2018 Proposed Budget

Includes 2015-16 Actuals, Jan-Oct 2017 Actuals, ‘17 Budget, ‘17 Projected, and 2018 Proposed Budget

More historical data than what is presented in many other budgets during UU Annual meetings

Salaries of staff and ministers are lumped

Benefits not disclosed for staff or ministers

In order to reach a balanced budget, we need to raise ~150k more than in 2017 (with ~20k of that from a large congregational event)

Can we un-bundle the staff taxes and the staff benefits that are currently mingled between the ministers and staff?

Can we get a breakdown of ministerial & staff salaries? This is a practice at some other UU churches of our size.

What is the “large congregational event” and how did the estimate get decided upon?

What happens if we are not successful at raising all of the required funds?

Vote Yes to keep our church open k thx

 

FYI if you have questions about documents and groups of people:

Document How It Works / Details
Bylaws (most recently changed in 2015)
    • 9 pages
    • quasi-legal wording
  • Can only be changed by a congregational vote
  • Delegates responsibility to the Board of Trustees, Officers
  • Provides framework for church procedures, nomination of lay leadership, etc.
Policy Governance Framework (most recently changed June 2017)
  • 27 pages
  • Quasi-legal wording
  • Is adopted and can be changed by the Board of Trustees
  • Contains more specific policies than the Bylaws – much more flexible to change
Covenant of Right Relations (adopted in 2013)
  • 2 pages
  • Adopted by the congregation during an Annual Meeting
  • Our agreement as congregants for how to treat one another with respect and kindness
  • Frequently read during meetings where tough conversations may happen
Conflict Resolution Policy and Process (most recent change in December 2013)
  • 9 pages
  • Created the Committee on Right Relations (CRR) and Right Relations Team (RRT)
  • Rules of how to engage when not in right relation with another member of the All Souls Congregation
  • Protections of the process only apply to members of All Souls DC
Policy on Congregant Behavior
  • 5 pages
  • Adopted by the Board of Trustees in their September 2017 board meeting
  • Outlines procedures to be followed when a congregant is being dangerous, disruptive or disrespectful
  • Calls for formation of Disruptive Behavior ad hoc committee to deal with incidents in cases when conflict resolution policy and process is not chosen as a solution
The Board of Trustees Made up of 9 voting members. They elect a President and Vice Presidents within the group. Terms are 3 years. They rotate out 3 people at a time. It is possible to run for two consecutive terms. Current and former Board members are called upon to serve on standing and ad hoc committees that govern the church.
Officers of the Church Made up of 6 members with specifically defined roles. Moderator, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership, Assistant Secretary, and Assistant Treasurer. They all have one year terms. It is possible for them to run for reelection.

All Souls Annual Meeting on Sunday 12/10/2017

Fellow Young Souls,

 

The All Souls Annual Meeting will take place this Sunday after second service lunch. As the Young Souls board, we STRONGLY encourage you to attend and participate in this process. At the meeting, congregants will be voting on the 2018 budget and several changes to the bylaws.

 

According to our 5th principle, we value the democratic process in our congregation and now it is time to act. Below is a synopsis of what will be discussed at the meeting. It is not our intention to provide any opinions on how you should vote, instead we hope to empower you to vote with your own judgement and morals in mind.

 

CRITICAL/How to determine if you are eligible to vote:

  1. Verify that you are a member of the church. This means that you attended the 3 hour class and signed the book.

  2. Verify that you have made a donation of record. Login to your church account -> Giving-> My Giving History. Be sure that there is a donation listed there. If not, considering making a donation of $1. This will enable you to vote.

 

How to know what you will be voting on:

  1. Read the attached PDF.

  2. The super short summary of items that will be voted on are:

    1. the proposed 2018 budget.

    2. changing the legal name of the church to reflect DC code.

    3. the adoption of the 8th principle

    4. the creation of a process to remove members from the church

    5. Clearer descriptions of who is allowed to attend board of trustees meetings

    6. Making the senior minister an ex officio member of the board of trustees

 

You must be physically present at the annual meetingthis Sunday, at 1:15pm in order to vote. Please RSVP on facebook and come be apart of our larger congregation.

 

Please feel free to reach out to the board (youngsoulsboard@googlegroups.com) at any time with questions or concerns. DO NOT reply all to the listserv to discuss the contents of what will be voted on. We hope to see you on Sunday.

 

With compassion and gratitude,

Alice KG, Constance, Justine, Alice KN, Claire, Nick, and Jason

The Young Souls Board

Young Souls December Events!

(Check the monthly email for contact information for events) 

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Young Souls December 2017 Events

Keep track of all events on the Young Souls Google Calendar.

Would you like to organize a Young Souls event? Send your idea to the Young Souls Board at youngsoulsboard@googlegroups.com.

 

NEW LISTSERV IS LIVE – Have you signed up?

Sign up for the new Young Souls listserv here! We have set up a new free-posting listserv for everything from invitations to events, rapid response protests, to housing availability and requests. Remember to follow our communication covenants and guidelines and be sure your “Display Name” is your full first and last name. After signing up, you can post to the listserv directly by emailing young-souls@googlegroups.com. Questions? Contact YS President Alice Goldberg.

 

Friday, December 1st, 7pm – Young Souls December Potluck

Join us for our monthly Young Souls potluck! Potlucks are held at a home of one of our members and is a great event for newcomers. Please bring a dish or drink to share with everyone. Location: Check the YS listserv for address. RSVP on Facebook here. Hosted by Alice G, Kristin Z, Ben W-M, and their housemates. Visit the Young Souls Blog to see photos of previous potlucks. Questions? Contact Claire.

 

Thursday, December 7th- Young Souls Social Justice Task Force Meeting

Join us for our monthly Young Souls social justice task force meeting! Feel free to bring some food/drinks. We’ll be going over social justice initiatives locally and how we want to be involved using the tools/passions we have. Location: TBD! Questions? Contact Alice Kurima Newberry.  Click here to sign up for the Social Justice Task Force e-list and receive AWESOME goodies in your inbox.

Sunday, December 10th, After Second Service – All Souls Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting for the congregation is fast approaching! Be sure to mark your calendars! We will be voting on stuff like adopting the 8th Principle and other potential changes in policies. Please note you must be a member who has made a donation of record to vote.  Location: All Souls Sanctuary.

 

Wednesday, December 13th, 5:30pm – Young Souls Happy Hour

Join us for our monthly happy hour! This is an excellent event for newcomers to attend and meet other Young Souls. Local 16 donates 10% of our checks back to All Souls. Location: Local 16 (1602 U St. NW). RSVP on Facebook here. For those interested, we’ll walk over to Vespers after the happy hour. Questions? Contact Claire.

 

Sunday, December 17th, 1pm – Young Souls December Brunch

Join us on Sunday December 17th at 1pm for our monthly Young Souls brunch! We’ll meet in Pierce Hall after the service. Location: We’ll be in the dining room after second service. There will be bagels, cream cheese (including vegan options), juice, and fruit. Please bring $5 cash or venmo to claire. RSVP on the google doc so that we know how much food to buy. Facebook event here. Questions? Contact Claire.

 

Wednesday, December 20th, 6:30pm – Young Souls 7 Principles Discussion Group

Have you ever wanted to know more about the 7 Principles of Unitarian Universalism? Every third Wednesday of the month we will gather to discuss these 7 basic tenants of the Unitarian Universalist faith. We’ll talk about the actual language of the principle, historical UU perspectives, and our own experiences in relation to the month’s principle. On Wednesday, December 20th, we will cover the fifth principle: “The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.” Snacks and, friendship will be provided. All are welcome, and those who are either new to the community or excited about the faith are especially encouraged to come. Bring your curiosity and join us as we delve into this intentional exploration of UU beliefs! Location: Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library- 1630 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001. RSVP on Facebook here. Contact Nick Ford for more details or with any questions!

 

Thursdays – Young Souls Book Club

In December the Young Souls Book Club will read The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  “Powerfully evocative, Coates recalls life of struggle on the edge of chaos, and what is was like to be a young black man in desperate times. Ta Nehisi grew up in 1980s Baltimore when the city was on the verge of chaos: drugs, gangs and the constant threat of violence haunted the young black man’s life wherever he went…An exceptional father-son story from the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me about the reality that tests us, the myths that sustain us, and the love that saves us.” YS Book Club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Lauren.

 

Young Souls Blog – youngsoulsatallsouls.wordpress.com

We’re looking for new blog posts! Do you have a blog post idea for the Young Souls Blog? We’re looking for new writers to contribute. You could write about a Young Souls event, an All Souls event, or any other topic! Previous blog posts have been about spiritual resources in the DC area, Classic Movie Nights, and the history of the All Souls neighborhood. Contact Justine Rothbart if you’re interested!

 

Young Souls Circle Suppers

Next year the Young Souls Circle Suppers will be organized quarterly. The next month for Circle Suppers will be March 2018! These are wonderful events for newcomers to meet fellow Young Souls in smaller settings. Check out Circle Supper photos on the Young Souls Blog and Facebook. Questions? Contact Justine Rothbart.

 

SAVE THE DATE: January 12th-14th – Jubilee Anti-Racism Training

This training builds awareness of racism in our society and in ourselves. It’s strongly recommended for folks interested in leadership with in the church and organizations in general. Email Alice Goldberg with questions. 

 

ON OUR PLATE: Likely Saturday Jan 27th – Full Church Council Meeting

Find out the strategic plan for the church and how to plug in! The church council is made up of lay leaders within the church from each committee and affinity group, and is an open discussion for all members of the church. Email Alice Goldberg with questions.

Sign Up! November Circle Suppers and Friendsgivings

Young Souls November Circle Suppers and Friendsgivings! – Sign up here!

Sign up for November Circle Suppers! We only have a couple hosts this month, so make sure to sign up quickly! These are wonderful events for newcomers to meet fellow Young Souls in smaller settings. Check out Circle Supper photos on the Young Souls Blog and Facebook. If you’d still like to host a Circle Supper or Friendsgiving in November, please contact Justine Rothbart.

Happy Hour Location Change – Wednesday November 8th at 5:30pm

Hi all,

There has been a location change for tomorrow’s happy hour. It will be hosted at Sudhouse DC at 1340 U Street NW
 
There will likely be a group walking over for vespers, but it is a slightly longer walk. Please plan accordingly.
See you tomorrow!
Claire

Fall Retreat 2017 Photos!

Photos from the Young Souls Fall Retreat at Shenandoah River State Park in November 2017! (Thanks, Benny Johnson, for the great photos!)

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Upcoming Events

  • Young Souls January Brunch January 21, 2018 at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Join us on Sunday January 21st at 1pm for our monthly Young Souls brunch! We’ll meet in Pierce Hall after the service. Location: We’ll be in the dining room after second service. There will be bagels, cream cheese (including vegan options), juice, and fruit. Please bring $5 cash or venmo to Claire. RSVP on the…
  • YS Book Club January 25, 2018 at 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm The Young Souls Book Club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Lauren.
  • 7 Principles Discussion Weekend Edition January 27, 2018 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm Are you interested in the ongoing 7 Principles discussion groups, but haven't had the time to attend? Well, weekend edition is back after the holidays! We are meeting for a second time on the weekend for the 7 Principles Discussion Group! The event will start around 7:00 in the evening and will be a potluck…
  • YS Book Club February 1, 2018 at 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm The Young Souls Book Club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Lauren.
  • YS Book Club February 8, 2018 at 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm The Young Souls Book Club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Lauren.
  • Young Souls 7 Principles Discussion February 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Meridian Hill Park, 2400 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA Have you ever wanted to know more about the 7 Principles of Unitarian Universalism? Every third Wednesday of the month we will gather to discuss these 7 basic tenants of the Unitarian Universalist faith. We'll talk about the actual language of the principle, historical UU perspectives, and our own experiences in relation to the month's…