A Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning
Our religion does not tell us what to believe. But our willing affirmation and promotion of seven principles defines us as Unitarian Universalists:
- The inherent worth and dignity of all persons;
- Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
- Acceptance of one another and mutual 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; and
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
The spirituality of Unitarian Universalists draws from many sources.
Its scriptural and prophetic sources include but are not limited to the traditions of Christianity and Judaism. It is not unusual in a UU service to hear Islamic poetry or music lyrics drawn from Buddhist teachings, to see a calling of the quarters as is practiced in Earth-centered traditions, or to hear how the sciences can help us to touch the sacred and the mysterious. Read more about the many sources of our UU living tradition. Source: Unitarian Universalist Association
We are a religion of action
Unitarian Universalism grows out of a tradition of activism -- it calls us to heal our broken world, and bend its arc toward justice. Indeed, our symbol, the flaming chalice, was originally created as a way to identify Unitarian agents working to free refugees from the Nazis during World War II. Today's Unitarian Universalists work for environmental preservation, LGBTQ rights, racial justice, immigrant justice, and basic human rights and needs. To employ Unitarian Universalism's chosen phrase to describe our kind of activism, we show our commitment to our religion by "Standing on the Side of Love."