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UU Beliefs and Principles
Overview of beliefs, principles, and many wisdom sources.
“…Whoever you are, whatever you are, wherever you are on your journey, we bid you welcome.”
Unitarian Universalism is a faith tradition which encourages each individual to develop a personal faith. It draws from many different religions, in the belief that no one religion has all the answers and that most have something to teach us. From our Judeo-Christian heritage, we learn the teachings of the bible and Jesus. From Buddhism we learn the power of meditation. From Judaism we learn the belief that working together we can achieve peace and justice. From Native American and other earth-centered traditions we learn respect for the earth and reverence for natural cycles. From Humanism, we learn the belief in reason and direct experience of the sacred.
Unitarian Universalism is a way of being religious rather than embracing a specific religious doctrine. For us, religion is an ongoing search for meaning, purpose, value and spiritual depth in one's life. We believe that individuals are entitled to make their own search, and that not all persons are going to share the same beliefs. We believe there is wisdom and value in most all religions, but that no one religion has all the answers. We believe in an inner harmony that will lead to ethical action. Unitarian Universalists believe in individual responsibility to search for and form their own beliefs, and as a result many of them may believe different things. What holds UUs together is not common belief, but common experience and a common approach to life. Unitarian Universalists believe in the Golden Rule, loving our neighbors as ourselves, working for a better world, searching for truth with an open mind, using reason to help us explore religious ideas, and granting everyone the right to choose their own beliefs.
An excellent resource about Unitarian Universalism is the book A Chosen Faith by John A. Buehrens and Forrest Church. (Source: UUA)
Unitarian Universalists covenant with each other to affirm and promote:
The Six Sources
The living tradition we share draws from many sources. They include:
Perhaps you have been looking for a church where: Your doubts are not ridiculed. Your guilts are lightened. Your griefs are comforted. Your joys are celebrated. Your children are taught all religions. Your talents are nurtured. Your concerns are shared. Your reason is honored. Your friendships are deepened. Your love of art and beauty is expanded. Your need to serve others is fostered. Your need to laugh is encouraged. Your individual decision is treasured. These are the aspirations of Unitarian Universalist churches. If they are yours, we invite you to join and help us achieve them. - Marjorie Achley (UUA)
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