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UU Seven Principles | Kid's Version - Steven Mead

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

There's believing and there's doing. I have talked elsewhere about how religions ask three things of us: to believe something, to belong to something, and to behave a certain way. UUs are covenantal, so behaving—how shall we live our life—is really important to us—I would say more important even than what we believe in. Here is what our Unitarian Universalist Seven Principles looks like in “kid-talk.”

1st Principle: We believe that each and every person is important.
2nd Principle: We believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly.
3rd Principle: We believe that we should accept one another and keep on learning together.
4th Principle: We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.
5th Principle: We believe that all persons should have a vote about the things that concern them.
6th Principle: We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world.
7th Principle: We believe in caring for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things.

We UUs like to "stay in our heads." It is one of our greatest strengths and one of our greatest weaknesses. What would it look like if we borrowed a page from our Quaker brethren and began expressing those beliefs in how we live our lives?

Mr. Steven's Seven Practices
1. Love radically
2. Act for justice
3. Be kind to everyone
4. Become truth. Become meaning
5. Listen twice, Talk once
6. Serve gratefully
7. Live simply

There you have it. Doing words. Words to live by. Words to keep me in right relationship with the sacred, with you, and with everything. How'd I do? What would your Seven Practices look like? How shall you live your life?

Steven Mead
Religious Educator

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