We, as a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association, 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.
Some wonder: Are My Beliefs Welcome in Unitarian Universalism?
Unitarian Universalism welcomes people with diverse beliefs. There is a rich dialogue in our congregations about many spiritual topics. Our Unitarian Universalist faith has evolved through a long history, with theological origins in European Christian traditions. Today Unitarian Universalism is a non-creedal faith which allows individual Unitarian Universalists the freedom to search for truth on many paths based on openness to the wisdom literature of all religions, the use of common sense and reason as well as one’s own personal perspective. While our congregations uphold shared principles, individual Unitarian Universalists may discern their own beliefs about spiritual, ethical, and theological issues.
At the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, you may want to watch an introductory video at the right and hear Unitarian Universalists explain our faith in their own words. Explore our website using navigation links to read more about our history, programs, and initiatives. The best way to get a sense of what we’re all about is to visit our congregation on a Sunday morning. Whatever you choose, we invite you to discover Unitarian Universalism!
The living tradition which we share 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.
Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As free congregations we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support.
Covenant of Right Relations
Covenant: “We covenant with one another to listen to each other always with respect & empathy; to remain open to the view of others; to be attentive & attend without judgment; to provide an environment that allows each of us to be true to ourselves without fear of disapproval or reproach; to reach agreement in light of our shared expectations and experiences. We covenant to support and sustain the spiritual, ethical, intellectual, and overall wellbeing of our members.
Covenant is our practice with one another. We will each fall short at times, but we share the responsibility to bring us back into covenant gently when we stray.”