Unitarian Universalist Association. http://www.uua.org
We, the member congregations of the UUA covenant to affirm and promote the following:
There are seven UUA Principles:
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.
Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and enobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As free congregations, we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support. Membership in our congregation is for those in agreement with this covenant.
- 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.