1. They were written by a committee and are formally reviewed and revised by a committee every fifteen years.
2. The disclaimer that was adopted with the Seven Principles:
Nothing herein shall be deemed to infringe upon the individual freedom of belief which is inherent in the Universalist and Unitarian heritages or to conflict with any statement of purpose, covenant, or bond of union used by any congregation unless such is used as a creedal test.
I wish people included this disclaimer, which to my understanding they are supposed to*, whenever they used the Seven Princuiples.
Also, I was talking with a beloved UU friend last night who said that someone she knew got into the discussion of the principles at GA that many people were turned away from and some people in the discussion said they needed to be shorter so they would be easier to memorize.
CC smites her forehead, not even wanting to count the number of annoying things in that sentence alone.
* I invite the input of somebody who knows a lot about UUA policies, such as Philo, or who has a freakish gift for rule memorization, such as Steve.