A New UU Statement of Values — Adopted In A Momentous General Assembly Vote in the USA

“After a democratic process involving thousands of Unitarian Universalists discussing the faith’s values and core theology over the past three-plus years, delegates at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) General Assembly 2024 voted decisively to approve a new statement of values and beliefs for Unitarian Universalism.”

Shared values flower, © Tanya Webster (chalicedays.org)

The new statement puts “love at the centre,” surrounded like petals of a flower by six other shared values: interdependence, equity, transformation, pluralism, generosity and justice.

This US process and vote is distinct from what happens in Canada, but parallels similar discussions and changes in our faith tradition over recent years.

Read more about this milestone in this UU World story by Elaine McArdle.

Renewing Our Governing DocumEnts

Hear ye! Hear ye! Come and gather! This Sunday after the service, for a little over an hour, the Governing Documents Task Force will be presenting their work on our renewed UFP Purposes, sharing their progress on necessary updates to our Bylaws and inviting the response of the congregation on key concepts arising from this work. 

Please come with open minds and hearts to share in updating these essential documents. We promise to keep the discussion lively, and even possibly poetic (though our eventual prose must pass CRA standards).

To look at our current bylaws and the purpose documents that we, as a congregation, have been collaborating on, visit the Governing Documents page.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday! For those unable to make it in person, we will be recording and posting the presentation as well as the key questions so that all members can participate in these discussions. Ben and Leigh are also willing to meet with anyone on-line on Monday, June 3th at 7pm. Please click to email Leigh if you are interested.  

Harmony – A Community Singing Experience

On April 21, 2024, we held a pop-up choir event directed by award-winning singer-songwriter and arranger Abby Zotz (director of AbZolutely Choir Peterborough-Kawartha, for an afternoon of harmony, community and singing together. Abby introduced our song, “Let Your Love Flow” by the Bellamy Brothers, and taught us our parts. We practiced until we were sounding like a true chorus. The video recording below is evidence! Participating in the choir of 100 voices was a powerful and joyful experience. Thank you to everyone who came and made it happen!

Rev. Peter Boullata Unanimously Welcomed to be our Long-Term Settled Minister

The Reverend Peter Boullata
The Reverend Peter Boullata

OUR HALL RANG with the resounding cheers of congregants at Sunday’s special meeting of the Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough when the count was announced with a unanimous “YES” in favour of inviting the Reverend Peter Boullata to become our Settled Minister. Rev. Boullata’s “YES” to our invitation resulted in another enthusiastic round of cheers.

This call followed a lengthy process in which the future needs of the Fellowship were assessed and Rev. Boullata’s interests and qualifications were found an excellent match. Speakers at the meeting gave emotional testimonials about how Rev. Boullata has connected to them, to our Fellowship, and to the greater community in the time he has served us since Rev. Julie Stoneberg’s departure.

Rev. Boullata also served the fellowship as an Interim Minister leading up to the call of Rev. Julie.

Rev. Boullata was the keynote speaker at UU Midwinter Retreat in 2020. In his talk he lays out clearly the challenges and opportunities all religious organizations face in the years ahead, including our own. Here is that address:

(Also in the video: UFP Board President Ben Wolfe and scrutineers and Board members Aukje Byker and Mundy McLaughlin.)

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