In Unitarian Universalism, you can bring your whole self: your full identity, your questioning mind, your expansive heart.
Together, we create a force more powerful than one person or one belief system. As Unitarian Universalists, we do not have to check our personal background and beliefs at the door: We join together on a journey that honors everywhere we’ve been before.
Our beliefs are diverse and inclusive. We have no shared creed. Our shared covenant (our eight Principles*) supports “the free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” Though Unitarianism and Universalism were both liberal Christian traditions, this responsible search has led us to an inclusive spirituality drawn from six sources: from scriptural wisdom to personal experience to modern day heroes.
Unitarian Universalists believe more than one thing. We think for ourselves, and reflect together, about important questions:
- The existence of a Higher Power
- Life and Death
- Sacred Texts
- Inspiration and Guidance
- Prayer and Spiritual Practices
- We are united in our broad and inclusive outlook, and in our values, as expressed in our eight Principles*. We are united in shared experience: our open and stirring worship services, religious education, and rites of passage; our work for social justice; our quest to include the marginalized; our expressions of love.
*Note: The UUA has not yet officially adopted the 8th Principle, though the UUSA – and many other congregations – have. To read more about the 8th Principle, adopted by the UUSA on June 13, 2021 during our Annual Meeting. Changing the Principles at the UUA level is a process. It is democratic and not quick. Here is a link that outlines the process since this requires changing their bylaws AND the principles themselves.