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UU Principles

The Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) express the shared values that UUA member congregations affirm and promote. Many Unitarian Universalists find rich personal and theological meaning in these principles:

  • 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.
  • Journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.

8th Principle Update

Following many years of study on the proposed 8th Principle, the leaders of the congregation committed to a six-month-long process of inquiry, education, and discussion. Through small group discussions, committee meetings, and four congregation-wide meetings, all members were invited to consider the language and purpose of the 8th Principle. At the end of the six months, the members were asked to vote on adopting the language for use by our congregation. However, mindful of our differences, the leadership agreed that any decision would require at least two-thirds of the votes cast. When the congregation voted in May 2023, 77% of the votes were cast in favor of adopting the language of the 8th Principle. We had company that day as 12 other congregations also voted in favor of adoption.
 
The 8th Principle reads:

We, a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.

UU Sources

Unitarian Universalism 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 persons 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.

For more information about the Unitarian Universalist denomination, visit the Unitarian Universalist Association website. 

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