Unitarian Universalist Association. http://www.uua.org
Membership for our congregation is for those in agreement with the seven UU Principles.
The UUA Principles are seven principles, which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote:
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.
Unitarian Universalism (UU) draws 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.
- These principles and sources of faith are the backbone of our religious community.
- We warmly welcome all.
- We speak with honesty, respect and kindness.
- We listen compassionately.
- We express gratitude for the service of others.
- We honor and support one another in our life journeys, in times of joy, need and struggle.
- We embrace our diversity and the opportunity to share our different perspectives.
- We address our disagreements directly and openly, and see conflict through to an authentic resolution.
- We serve our spiritual community with generosity and joy, honoring our commitments.
- We strive to keep these promises, but when we fail, we forgive ourselves and others, and begin again in love.