I do not believe in treating the seven principles as a creed. I don't hear them used as an explanation of what we're about, I do not like to see them used as evidence for someone being a good or bad Unitarian and I certainly don't like seeing little children memorizing them in RE.
Don't want songs about them, don't want calligraphy bookmarks of them, don't want them on the wall of the church, etc, etc, and soforth.
BUT I feel I'm in a clear minority.
UUs talk constantly about we need to be able to tell people what we're about, talk about our values, etc, etc and soforth.
So they use the seven principles for that.
Here's my question.
Given that people are going to treat the seven principles as a creed anyway and that a change to them would effect everybody at least in the sense that we'd need new bookmarks and RE materials, shouldn't we have more than a bunch of GA junkies voting for them?
Should there be a special rule that if you're going to change the seven principles, they need to be ratified by X percent of congregations?