Individual Unitarian Universalists believe whatever they choose to believe, based upon their own reasoning and experience.
Unitarian Universalism (UU) is a religious movement which is not bound by creeds and doctrines. Ours is an approach to religion where freedom of conscience is encouraged. When we come together as congregations, we gather around shared values instead of beliefs. Central to those shared values are freedom of thought, respect for reason and rationality in religion, and tolerance for different beliefs and practices. We encourage one another to live toward wisdom, compassion and justice, using inspiration from many different traditions. Unitarian Universalist beliefs are consistent with seven principles that our congregations have agreed to affirm:
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person
- Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement of human growth
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part
Unitarian Universalism (UU) draws from many sources:
- 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.
Often Unitarian Universalism is shorted as “UUism” and a person who practices Unitarian Universalism is known as a “UU.”
Watch this helpful video introduction to Unitarian Universalism from the Unitarian Universalist Association.