Unitarian Universalism is part of the liberal religious tradition, meaning we value diversity of belief and freedom of thought rather than a set system of beliefs. We are creedless, meaning there are no specific religious beliefs you need to have or pretend to have in order to belong.
We are a place for diverse seekers to come together and learn from each other. Many of us believe in God or a Higher Power, and many of us are Atheist or Agnostic. Many of us don’t take a side on the issue, preferring to just let the mystery be. Some of us draw our spiritual practices from Christianity, others from Judaism, Buddhism, or more Earth-Centered traditions. Some find meaning through science, rational reflection, or just by trying to be more fully present to nature, our relationships, and our day-to-day lives.
What unites us are common values and seven real-world ethical principles. These Seven Principles are…
- 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.
In the spirit of that free search for truth, we also recognize Six Spiritual Sources for our ever-evolving and ever-growing tradition…
- 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.