Principles


We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), covenant to affirm and promote:
 
The inherent dignity and worth of every person;
  
Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  
Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregation;
  
A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  
The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregation and all society;
  
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.


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The Living Tradition 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 that 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 that inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
  
Jewish and Christian teachings that call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
  
Humanist teachings that counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us of idolatries of the mind and spirit;
  
Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions that celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live 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.