What we stand for:
Unitarian Universalists believe in the motivating force of love and the authority of reason and conscience. We affirm the inherent worth and dignity of each human being and promote justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.
We strive for an inner grace that finds completion in working to make a better world. Unitarian Universalists value freedom of religious expression, respecting diverse religious beliefs, and advocating a responsible, ongoing, search for truth and meaning. We respect the interdependent web of all existence, of which we are a part.
What do UU’s Believe?
Rather than a formal creed, UU’s have adopted guiding principles formalized by the Unitarian Universalist Association.
The seven principles that Unitarian Universalist congregations promote and affirm are:
• 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
For more about our principles see our Newcomers FAQ.
How we treat one another is guided by our Covenant of Right Relations:
Love is the spirit of this congregation and service is its practice. This is our great covenant:
to dwell together in peace, to seek truth in love, and to help one another.
To keep this covenant we make the following promises:
We warmly welcome all.
We speak with honesty, respect and kindness.
We listen compassionately.
We express gratitude for the service of others.
We honor and support one another in our life journeys, in times of joy, need and struggle.
We embrace our diversity and the opportunity to share our different perspectives.
We address our disagreements directly and openly, and see conflict through to an authentic resolution.
We serve our spiritual community with generosity and joy, honoring our commitments.
We strive to keep these promises, but when we fail, we forgive ourselves and others, and begin again in love.
To learn more about what these promises mean in practice, see our Communications Best Practices.