Announcing UU Justice NC’s  8th Principle Learning Community

We are excited to announce the launch of our North Carolina 8th Principle Learning Community! This monthly Community of Practice gathering has been created for individuals who are playing a leadership role within their congregation around adopting or living into the 8th Principle.

The 8th Principle is: “A covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institution.” You can learn more by clicking here. 

Beginning this fall, gatherings will occur on the third Sunday of the month from 4:00 – 5:30 on Zoom. We’re excited to announce that our first session will be Sunday, September 18th. You can register here.

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Our work together began in the spring of 2022 with UU Justice NC’s 8th Principle event for North Carolina UUs in partnership with DRUUMM. This special event with Paula Cole Jones, co-author of the 8th Principle, was attended by 80 UUs across 18 NC Congregations – making it our largest virtual event ever!

We need your Input!

The 8th Principle Learning Community has been formed to help UU Congregations in NC advance antiracism work. Each congregation is likely in a different place on the continuum of adopting the principle and living into its full promise. As we try to create a space that is most likely to be helpful for you on this journey, it would be helpful to know a few things in advance. Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions. Please respond by September 11th.

Share Your Thoughts! 

Meet Your 8th Principle Learning Community Leaders! 

Ann Zimmerman, Unitarian Fellowship of Winston-Salem.

Ann currently serves as Chair of the Fellowship’s Social Action Council and the Multicultural Team. Ann has been a member of several Fellowship committees, and has been a member of the Strategic Plan Committee and the Search Committee. She was also a member of then SouthEast District’s “Dream Team”, responsible for working with the District Executive to enhance anti-racism and multiculturalism efforts in the District. Originally from New Orleans, Ann enjoys music with a good beat and plays several instruments. She also enjoys reading, current events, and herculean attempts to control her small dog.

Allison Mahaley, UU Congregation of Hillsborough

Allison Mahaley is a member of the UU Congregation of Hillsborough where she currently serves as the Moderator. Prior to being Moderator, she served as the lead of the Faith in Action team. Allison attended the train-the-trainer for the Pledge to End Racism as part of the UU Raleigh Fellowship cohort in 2018 and began offering the training at UUCH. Shortly after she met Dr. David Campt, author and founder of White Ally Toolkit. Since 2019, David and Allison have been partners at the Dialogue Company offering training and consultation for nonprofits, religious communities, governmental agencies and corporations.  You can learn more about her professional journey at

Rev Charlie Davis, UU Fellowship of New Bern

Rev. Charlie was ordained to UU ministry in 1995, He has served congregations in Maryland, Indiana and North Carolina. He is currently at the UU fellowship of New Bern. He has been in an interracial marriage since 1988.  Gail and Charlie Davis are musicians who have released 5 CDs including “SKIN: The intersectionality of race and gender.”  To hear sermons and music go to their You Tube Channel Gail & Charlie Davis – YouTube