What Do UUs Believe?
As Unitarian Universalists (UUs), we invite you to bring your beliefs when you come through our doors. We welcome a diversity of faith backgrounds and spiritual practices, and we encourage each other’s spiritual growth.
UUs have no creed. Instead, our churches are united by a shared covenant to affirm and promote Seven Principles:
- 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.
These principles are part of our living tradition, drawn from a wide variety of sources. As a UU congregation, we affirm and promote these Six 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 people 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.
As you can tell from our Principles and Sources, our focus is more on how we live together, both as people and as creatures sharing our living planet, than it is on any set of individual beliefs.
To give you an opportunity to learn more directly about the UU principles and history, we periodically offer New UU Discovery Classes. To learn more about that program, and to find out if we have any upcoming classes, please contact Laura Burden, our Membership Coordinator.
To find out how children learn about our UU values and principles, you can visit our Learning Overview page.
You can also find out more about UU beliefs, the principles, and sources from the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). The UUA is the central organization for the Unitarian Universalist religious movement in the United States, with 1000+ member congregations.
And if you want to learn more about Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist specifically, you can read about our history or come to an upcoming worship service. We hope to see you soon!