There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations 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.
Unitarian Universalism (UU) 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.
These principles and sources of faith are the backbone of our religious community.
Last updated on Friday, November 7, 2008.
AMAZING GRACE for UUs
The UU faith community does not define a Deity
Or state its congregants must heed the dictates of a common Creed.
We each for our own truth must search, in vaulted nave or country church
Or bowers green of birch and pine, and honor well the spark Divine
That lives within each human breast, and serve our neighbor’s self-same quest.
For us Amazing Grace reveals itself in Buddhist prayer wheel
Or sacred circles made of stone. The star of Bethlehem has shone
With Grace and hope two thousand years. The wisdom of the ancient seers
In story, legend, myth and song may show a path where we belong,
And still today are truths revealed, for revelations are not sealed.
The precious web of life on earth was sacred long before our birth.
Humanity should take its place as equals, not a master race,
And honor as our family Creation’s great diversity.
For justice, peace, we must give voice, as conscience calls, through our free choice
Of struggles joined in honest strife, to give deep meaning to our life.
Our mission -- to safe harbor be, in closely knit community,
Where broken spirits surely find true peace of body, soul, and mind.
We share our daily woes and joys amid the constant background noise
Of busyness in every day; together sing and pray and play;
Our healing word of hope unfurl, for one and all, throughout the world.
Thus UUs try imperfectly to understand life’s Mystery,
Its Source and destiny to find, and post along their path the sign
For others searching and alone: The road you take must be your own.
In covenant is our intent, through love and service duly spent
With blessings of Amazing Grace, to make the world a better place.
First Church of Barre, Universalist Marilyn Davis © March 2007