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Unitarian Universalist Beliefs

The Seven Principles

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religious tradition that does not require its members to subscribe to or testify about any specific dogma or creed.  We come together in a community of affirmation, choosing to base our discussion and actions on seven central principles:

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  • 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.

Background of our Beliefs

Unitarian Universalism (UU) draws from many sources. These principles and sources of faith are the backbone of our religious community:

  • 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.

Your Beliefs are Welcome Here

Unitarian Universalism welcomes people with diverse beliefs. There is a rich dialogue in our congregations about many spiritual topics. Below are some topics that newcomers are often curious about. Discussion of these topics can be found on the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) website.

  • Spiritual Practice and Prayer

  • Existence of a Higher Power

  • Life and Death

  • Inspiration and Guidance

  • Sacred Text

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