Unitarian Universalism (UU) is a liberal religion covenanted by seven principles and supported by six sources.
As a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), we affirm and promote the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism. These are:
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
The Eighth Principle
First Unitarian has joined other UU congregations in adopting an 8th principle; “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 institutions“. The enabling resolution can be found here.
Sources of Unitarian Universalism
Additionally, as a member congregation, we believe in a shared living tradition, that the truth may be found in many sources,
including the following six sources of Unitarian Universalism:
- 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;
- 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;
- Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
- Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
- 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;
- 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.
Unitarian Universalist Association
For more information about Unitarian Universalism or the Unitarian Universalist Association visit www.uua.org.