Principles & Sources

Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations affirm and promote seven principles:

    1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
    2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
    3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
    4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
    5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
    6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
    7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Simplified version: We believe that…

• each and every person is important.
• all people should be treated fairly and kindly.
• we should accept one another and keep on learning together.
• each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.
• all persons should have a vote about the things that concern them.
• in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world.
• in caring for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things.

Unitarian Universalism draws from many sources:

      1. Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
      2. Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
      3. Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
      4. Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
      5. Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.
      6. Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

     

    Simplified version:

    • direct experience of transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures
    • words and deeds of prophetic women and men
    • wisdom from the world’s religions
    • Jewish and Christian teachings
    • humanist teachings
    • spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions