What Unitarian Universalists Believe
We are not joined together by
dogma or doctrine but by our mutual respect for each other and for each
individual's inherent right to seek Truth. Our common belief in the
primacy of individual conscience and the right of individual choice is
stated in the Principles and Purposes, a document to which most
Unitarian Universalists subscribe.
Are Unitarian Universalists Christians?
Many UUs identify themselves as Christians; many do not. We learn from
one another's life experiences and from the various faiths of the
world, including paganism, animism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism,
and Christianity, among others. While some may crave certainty and
absolute spiritual knowledge, we respect diversity of viewpoints. We
strongly discourage intolerance in our services.
In general, UUs believe that the way a person lives his or her life is
crucially important and inseparable from what he or she believes about
religion or God. We believe this view is reflected in the teachings of
the Buddha, many prophets from the historical religions, and Jesus of
Nazareth. Consequently, many Unitarian-Universalists are active in
social justice issues, as we strive toward a more just, equitable,
sustainable society. At the personal level, this means that you are
likely to find a warm, welcome, and strongly supportive and nurturing
environment in your local UU church.
For more information on Unitarian Universalism and our historical roots
in Unitarian Christianity, the oldest Christian tradition, go to www.uua.org.
However, be aware that Unitarian congregations are independent, and not
all views espoused by the denomination will be held by all churches,
much less by all members.
Principles and Purposes of Unitarian Universalism
We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:
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- Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;
- 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.
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A Mantra for Living: "Do what you can. Like what you have. Be who you are."
- Rev. Dr. Forrest Church, Minister Emeritus, All Souls Unitarian, New York City
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