Unitarian Universalism

Unitarian Universalism grew from the union of two radical Christian groups: the Universalists, who organized in 1793, and the Unitarians, who organized in 1825. Both groups trace their roots in North America to the early Massachusetts settlers and the Framers of the Constitution. They joined to become the Unitarian-Unversalist Association (UUA) in 1961.

Across the globe, our legacy reaches back centuries to liberal religious pioneers in England, Poland and Transylvania. Today, Unitarian Universalists include people of many beliefs who share UU values.

 

The Seven Principles

Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote these principles:

  • 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 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 people*, 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-entered traditions, which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature

*Change from men and women to people pending final approval at General Assembly 2018