Our Shared Beliefs
Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal rather than creedal faith. This means that we gather together based on shared commitments and promises rather than shared beliefs. All who will further these core commitments are welcome to join with us.
In fact one of our commitments is to the value of diversity as it is transformed into pluralism in a multi-religious and multi-cultural world. This means you will find a variety of conceptions of ultimate truth within our community – we welcome theists, atheists, agnostics and all who affirm the great mystery however it may be named!
With that said, our Unitarian Universalist tradition continues to affirm a number of core theological principles, these tools of our faith that help guide us and sustain us through life’s joys and sorrows. We sometimes call these our five jagged rocks. They include:
- All souls are worthy of love and belonging
- Revelation is not sealed and truth continues to be revealed
- All of life is connected and interdependent
- We are made whole through practiced relationships of accountability and trust
- Each of these teach us and guide us in the ways of courageous love so that we can manifest the Beloved Community in the tradition of Martin Luther King, Jr., what we might call salvation in this life.
Our Unitarian Universalist Covenants (promises)
Our congregation regularly affirms this covenant from James Vila Blake, written in 1798 and recited in Unitarian Universalist congregations across the country each Sunday:
Love is the spirit of this church and service is its law; this is our great covenant: to dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love, and to help one another.
There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations covenant to affirm and promote:
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- 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.
Our Unitarian Universalist Sources
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.