Our Principles and Mission
As a Unitarian Universalist congregation, we affirm and promote seven Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. 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.
- 1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- 2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
- 3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- 4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- 5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- 6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- 7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
The First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh exists so that people who share Unitarian Universalist values can gather in a religious community for spiritual and intellectual growth and social transformation, with resources adequate to realize this aspiration. We have captured these aspirations into our mission.
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We inspire reverence and spiritual growth by consciously
We serve each other, our local community, and the world by religiously
We pursue lifelong learning together by actively
Our Behavioral Covenant
First Unitarian Church is a sacred space for all who enter. It is the community that makes it so. Accordingly, we who enter these walls promise:
- To treat all people in ways that acknowledge their value
- To act and speak our truth with kindness and respect, aware of the differences among us.
- To choose our inquiries and voice our opinions with responsible attention to our church’s seven principles.
- To abide by our church’s established policies or pursue changing them through the democratic process.
- To accept each other’s’ spiritual journeys.
- To keep in perspective the disagreements that may arise among us and to endeavor in good faith to resolve them equitably, and compassionately.
The Board of Trustees formally approved this Covenant of Right Relations on February 21, 2018. If you believe we have not followed our behavior covenant, or need assistance to resolve a conflict, please contact the Healthy Congregation Collaborative. A member of the Healthy Congregation Collaborative will work with you, and in the even that further help is needed, will work with the Minister and the Board of Trustees in resolving the conflict.