Unitarian Universalist Congregation
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:
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.
Click here for an interesting video about Unitarian-Universalist beliefs.
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