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Our Beliefs

Historically, Unitarianism and Universalism stem from the Christian faith. Modern Unitarian Universalists, however, share a wide range of beliefs.

Ours is a living faith, constantly growing, adapting, and expanding as each of us evolves during our lifetime.

We believe above all in the power of love. That includes love of all who inhabit our shared planet and our planet itself. We believe in caring for all life, for the earth, and for one another.

UU congregations are creed-less and widely diverse:  members covenant to share a "free and responsible search for truth and meaning" and to support individual spiritual growth. Inspiration is sought from all major world religions and life philosophies, including humanism, paganism, atheism, agnosticism,  and deism, among others. We are all seekers, and express our shared values through affirmation of Seven Principles, which serve as moral guides in our interactions with each other in our congregations and in the world.  We believe in:

  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

  2. Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;

  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement of 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. 

Drawing upon many sources, each person is encouraged to pursue the path of their own theology. Some sources are:

Experience

Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and and openness to the forces which create and uphold life.

Wisdom

Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life.

Humanism

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.

Word & Deeds

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.

Teachings

Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves.

Earth Centered Traditions

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.

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