Steve Caldwell (Liberal Faith Development) put the proposed bylaws amendment — a.k.a. the new Principles and Purposes — at his site. I don’t think they’re great and I don’t think they’re horrible, and it much better than the earlier draft. I know the revision study was long-mandated, but this seems to be an invented need, rather than a real one and there are plenty of real needs out there, vital new congregation organization among them. (Or we need independent actors to supplant the services the UUA isn’t providing.)
Still, I have one editorial concern: the paraphrase of Murray’s charge to the Americans they use to describe Universalist, the one which begins “give the people not hell, but hope and courage.” I have real doubts that it came from Murray — or that it’s even all that old — and while it makes for an OK devotional slogan, anything that ends up in so fundamental a document should be clear of confection or artificiality.
So I would rather it be proved to be authentic (indeed, that would make me quite happy) or a different description of Universalist should be offered in its place. I don’t expect this to happen, but then again I don’t think this document will capture the hearts and minds of Unitarian Universalists as earlier versions did. That said, I don’t think any version could.