Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion that affirms the inherent worth and dignity of all people and religious beliefs. It celebrates the creative capacity within all people, and the connection we share with each other and all of creation. Rather than professing a specific creed or set of beliefs, church members gather to support one another in their own search for truth and meaning in life.
No one will tell you what you must believe, or that there is only "one way" or book that contains all Truth. We help our children discover that religion is for joy and for life, and that the wonder and mystery of the Universe can be discovered in many places and through many eyes.
Unitarian Universalist congregations provide a religious home to people seeking a welcoming spiritual community, to many interfaith families, and to people who embrace diverse beliefs or theologies.
This "free church" tradition traces its history to 16th century Europe, and in North America to the first Pilgrim and Puritan settlers. It has numbered among its members five U.S. presidents and such noteworthy Americans such as Thomas Jefferson, Clara Barton, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Susan B. Anthony, singer Pete Seeger, and even the late actor Christopher Reeve.
The UUA, headquartered in Boston, MA, was formed in 1961 through the consolidation of two historical denominations, the Universalist Church of America and the American Unitarian Association. More than 1050 congregations in North America belong to the Unitarian Universalist Association.
The Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association
We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote
- 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.
The living tradition which we share 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.
Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles 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.
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