UU Purposes and Principles
"We, the member congregations 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.
? 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. "The living tradition 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 scence, 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.
The Unitarian Universalist Association shall devote its resources to and exercise its corporate powers for religious, educational and humanitarian purposes. The primary purpose of the Association is to serve the needs of its member congregations, organize new congregations, extend and strengthen Unitarian Universalist institutions, and implement its principles."
(Adopted by the 1984 and 1985 General Assemblies. Sixth Source adopted 1995.)
For more information about the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations visit their website at www.uua.org.