The 8th UU Principle

On May 23rd, 2021, at the annual meeting of First Unitarian NJ the congregation unanimously passed a resolution adopting an eighth principle, in addition to the existing seven. The principle itself differs from the other seven in that it includes accountability. The resolution goes beyond simply approving the rather general language, it lays out both the reasons for adoption and specific commitments to act. 


  • Eighth Principle Minute – Brief statements read at the beginning of each Sunday service, providing timely information, educational material, or other relevant content.
  • The 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism website background provides information about the movement to adopt this new principle.
  • Widening the Circle of Concern – A detailed report by the UUA’s Commission on Institutional Change on the need to address racism within Unitarian Universalism.