What Is Unitarian Universalism?
A Brief Explanation
Unitarian Universalism is a liberal faith requiring no statement of belief, creed, or doctrine. Unitarian Universalists (UUs) believe in the freedom of religious expression and in the toleration of other religious ideas. We believe in the never-ending search for Truth and the worth and dignity of every human being. UUs believe in the motivating force of love, the democratic process, and the importance of community.
Our core values are reflected in our Seven Principles. We affirm and promote:
- The inherent worth and dignity of every human being
- Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement of spiritual growth
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
- The right of conscience and use of the democratic process in our congregations
- 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
We draw from many different sources of wisdom and knowledge including the words and deeds of prophetic women and men, the wisdom of the world’s religions, Jewish and Christian teachings which call upon us to love our neighbors, Humanistic teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of father.
At the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, we live out our Unitarian Universalist faith through our mission:
We welcome all as we build a loving community to nurture each person’s spiritual journey, serve human need, and protect the earth, our home.
For additional information about our faith please visit the Hospitality Table on any Sunday or explore the UU Association website at UUA.org.
Dave Peters, Membership Committee, Based in part on: Welcome: Unitarian Universalist Primer, UUA