About Unitarian Universalism

Welcome to Unitarian Universalism, a community of truth, service, holiness and love. 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 Seven 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 embrace diverse teachings from Eastern and Western religions and philosophies.

We are united in our broad and inclusive outlook, and in our values, as expressed in our seven 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.

We Are Unitarian Universalists

View the transcript on the Unitarian Universalist Association web site.

Our Seven Principles

We look to the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism for guidance in our individual lives and in our life together as a congregation:

  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.

Living Tradition

The living tradition which we share draws from many sources:

The Voices of Liberal Faith
The video "Voices of a Liberal Faith" offers an informative introduction to contemporary Unitarian Universalism.

People of Faith, Standing on the Side of Love
People of Faith, Standing on the Side of Love to learn about Unitarian Universalist support for marriage equality.

Quotations from Unitarian Universalist Writers
Here are some quotations from Unitarian Universalist writers that may help you understand more about our approach:

All that we have ever loved
and all that we have ever been
stands with us on the brink of all that we aspire to create:
a deeper peace,
a larger love,
a more embracing hope,
a greater generosity of spirit,
a deeper joy in this life we share.
~ Rev. Leslie Takahashi-Morris

"The real religious question we must answer is not what we believe. The real religious question is what we love."
~ Rev. Peter Morales

"It is not possible, nor necessary, to know the outcome of our actions; therefore we act in faith. Faith asks not that we succeed, but that we try. We try because we yearn to live out our values. Conscience urges us on, for we have dreamed of a better, more just tomorrow. We care; therefore, we act. In acting, we risk having our hearts broken a thousand times; therefore, we are sustained by hope. That is the price those who cleared the way for us accepted. It is what living fully, deeply, and with integrity demands."
~ Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed

"Liberal theology is not for the faint of heart. It points us in a general direction without telling us the specific destination. It refuses to make our commitments for us but holds us accountable for the commitments we make. The liberal religious tradition is an invitation, not a mandate. It invites us to live with ambiguity without giving in to facile compromise; to engage in dialogue without trying to control the conversation; to be open to change without accepting change too casually; to take commitment seriously but not blindly; and to be engaged in the culture without succumbing to the culture's values. Liberal religion calls us to strength without rigidity, conviction without ideology, openness without laziness. It asks us to pay attention. It is an eyes-wide-open faith, a faith without certainty."
~ Paul Rasor

“In our faith, God is not a given, God is a question. God is not defined for us, God is defined by us. Our views are shaped and changed by our experiences. As we grow, our faith grows. We struggle with what it means to be alive and yet have to die. We probe the depths of our own being for little hints of meaning. We create a faith by which we can live and struggle to live up to it. Throughout, each of us is fated to travel his or her own path. In the larger sense, we have chosen to journey together because we find that it is helpful. We find that it is good.”
~ Rev. Forrest Church

"Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion born of the Jewish and Christian traditions. We keep our minds open to the religious questions people have struggled with in all times and places. We believe that personal experience, conscience, and reason should be the final authorities in religion. In the end religious authority lies not in a book, person, or institution, but in ourselves. We put religious insights to the test of our hearts and minds. We uphold the free search for truth. We will not be bound by a statement of belief. We do not ask anyone to subscribe to a creed. Ours is a free faith."
~ Rev. Marta Flanagan

Come to be moved and held in mutual embrace. Come and be made whole.
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