Operetta about the 7 UU Principles



Goals of this operetta:








    1.  Respect each and every person.
     We believe in the inherent importance, dignity and worth of
          each and every person.
     We promise to respect all people through our words and actions.
Scope / Verb / Image (SVI): I / respect / stick figure person
Characters (C): Youth – tired, lost, in survival mode
     Care Giver #1 – interested, calm, attentive
Scene (S):





2.      Treat all people fairly and compassionately.
     We believe in humility, justice, equity and compassion in human relations.

     We promise to treat all people fairly and with kindness.
SVI: I / love / heart
C: Youth – distrusting, unwilling to share or commit to others
     Care Giver #2 – compassionate, fair, assured





    3.  Welcome and encourage each other’s spiritual growth.
     We believe in acceptance of one another, and encouragement to
          spiritual growth.
     We promise to welcome one another, and to learn together.
SVI: We / grow / growing plant
C: Youth – eyes wide, amazed at differences in people, some skepticism,
          reluctance to join
     Community Leader – calming, wise, assured, teaching values of




4.      Encourage each person’s search for Truth and Meaning in life.
     We believe in a free and responsible search for
          truth and meaning.
     We promise to encourage each person's search
          for what is right and true in life.
SVI: We / search / eye
C: Youth – momentary need to rest from three
previous lessons, questioning next step
     Thought Leader/ Guru – cultivating Youth’s
          capacity for new personal ideas





    5.  Listen to and count the inner voice of every person.
     We believe in the right of conscience and the use of the
          democratic process.
     We believe that everyone should have a vote about the
          things that concern them.
     We promise to listen to our inner voice and to the hopes
          and concerns of others.
SVI: All / listen / ear
C: Youth
     Other Youths from Other disparate communities – 
     United Nations Officer – redirecting Youth’s new idea(s) to
respect other Youths’ similar-but-different quests for
          Truth and Meaning
S: “I may not believe in what you say, but I will die in defense of your right to say it.”





6.      Create a peaceful, free, and just world.
     We believe in the goal of world community with peace,
          liberty, and justice for all.
     We believe in working for a peaceful, fair and free world.
     We promise to work together to make the world a
          better place for all.
SVI: All / join / peace sign
C: Youth – 
     Other Youths from Other disparate communities – 
     Multiple Spiritual Leader(s) – 
S: Forming concentric circles by joining hands







    7.  Respect and care for the Circle of Life.
     We believe in respect for the interdependent web of
          all existence of which we are a part.
     We promise to care for the Earth, its creatures and
          our surroundings.
SVI: Earth / treasure / earth photo from outer space
C: Youth
     Mother Earth
     All cast members
S: Quantum theory, genome science, the order of the world










  1. The principles are ordered from
    1. The most narrow (an individual person) up to the most expansive (Earth)
      (Note: The Scope (the “S” part of the SVI) progresses in a set of “three pairs plus a final capstone scope” as follows: I, I, We, We, All, All, Earth.)
    2. The most basic elements of spirit (respect) on up to the most complex elements
      (Note: Dance movements for each principle might possibly be visually suggestive of this growth of spirit.)
  2. The “Scope / Verb / Image (SVI)” portion of each section above is intended to simplify three dimensions of each principle into one word. The three dimensions are as follows:
    1. The “Scope” is the number of people / characters impacted by the principle.
    2. The “Verb” is the intent of the principle.
    3. The “Image” is a visual icon that can be associated with the principle.
  3. The Scenes (S) in this document are mostly left blank on purpose. This operetta may be very abstract to the point where scenes and a plot do not really apply, or it may be better to make a structured plot with scenes.
  4. The Images (the “I” part of the SVI) can be used either in the opera or as promotion or as totally separate visual reminders of the 7 principles or all / any of the above.
  5. Children relate to “promises” better than “principles”. Try to craft the operetta’s message in terms of promises so children can more easily embrace the concepts.
  6. The operetta should probably be about 20 minutes in length to allow it to be performed easily in place of a church sermon.
  7. There is no title yet. That will happen later on, and will probably be sparked by, the creative process. The title will have far-reaching implications as to how society is impacted by and perceives this operetta.
  8. Everything in this preliminary document and in the “final” play is subject to change / open for debate / at the mercy of future great ideas / modifiable for each performance. The copyright should clearly state such. There should be a web site that allows users to download / copy all materials, as well as submit their favorite ways to make it better. This operetta should be a “living document” that grows with the UU faith as well as with the world at large.