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What We Believe

"We need not think alike to love alike." Francis David, 16th Century Unitarian

Welcome to Unitarian Universalism, a religion that celebrates diversity of belief and is guided by Seven Principles, which are drawn from Six Sources. We gather together to nurture our spirits and put our faith into action through social justice work in our community and the wider world.

Newcomers are always welcome. There is no formal conversion process, so becoming a Unitarian Universalist is simply a matter of self-identification. Membership in the faith is voluntary and does not require renouncing other religious affiliations or practices. To become a member of the church, speak with our minister or a member of the Board of Trustees.

Our Seven Principles

There are seven principles that Unitarian Universalist congregations covenant to affirm and promote:

1.  The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;

3.  Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;

4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

5.  The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;

6.  The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

7.  Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Six Sources

Unitarian Universalism (UU) draws from many sources:

We live out these Principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience. These are the Six Sources our congregations affirm and promote:

  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.

We are grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, and we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As free congregations we choose to enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support.

For more information:

Explore Each Principle in Greater Depth

Spiritual Practice & Prayer in Unitarian Universalism

UUA Bylaws & Laws

History of Unitarian Universalism