The Seven Eight Principles
  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

  2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;

  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;

  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;

  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

  8. And our Eighth Principle... We affirm and promote the following 8th Principle:

    Journeying toward spiritual wholeness by building a diverse, multicultural Beloved Community that by our actions accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.

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Parental Leave is a hybrid thing for us at UUsMA. It will not be a sequence of weeks that Rev. Sims will be at home with his baby/family without doing work for the congregation and then he returns to us as he was a year or more ago. The traditional concept of parental leave is one of leaving the job behind and having replacements doing the parent's tasks in the workplace Here, the Moderator, Assistant Moderator and Minister are crafting the best way to provide Rev. Kin with the time he needs at home while also continuing to remain our settled minister and for the most part function as he has his first three years with us. Rev. Kin was able to take some time immediately after Gryffin's birth to be with his new family. There will be some Sundays when he is not conducting our worship services, as has always been true (at least once a month, on average, as his contract stipulates). But we are not expecting him to be away as he was for his vacation weeks for most of the rest of the church year. Until December 10, Rev. Kin's availability to us should feel pretty "normal". Starting December 10, when KP goes back to work, Rev. Kin hopes to spend up to 10 weeks not doing church work during the day, but being available evenings, and Sundays for worship. We welcome the work and support of the Worship Associates and other members and friends who are already contributing to community life in a way that allows Rev. Kin, KP, and Gryffin to have the time they need to be together and find their way as a family.
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