One abiding or universal theme in Unitarian Universalism has historically been that of Love. How we covenant with one another as groups and congregations to show that Love, and how we reach out into the world with words and deeds to cultivate Love.
UU religion is a Living Tradition that has no set creeds or doctrines. It does have established principles and values that we can use to claim ourselves as, and be claimed by Unitarian Universalism. They are listed below.
Seven Guiding Principles:
- 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.
This Living Tradition draws wisdom and faith from many sources:
- 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.
The Unitarian Universalist Association devotes its resources to and exercises its corporate powers for religious, educational and humanitarian purposes, and to the implementation of its Principles.
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