What We Believe
The Unitarian Universalist approach to spirituality is fundamentally different from that of more orthodox religious communities. If it seems unlike anything you have experienced, don't be surprised.
Rather than assert that Life's ultimate truth has been revealed once and for all in some scripture, we assume that, together, we must seek to understand the meaning of our lives. We gather in a sense of wonder before the mystery of Life. Ours is a vital spirituality of inquiry and growth, not of preconceived answers.
In our search, we have the voices and visions of every period and place in the record of human experience from which to draw. The world's religious traditions, the wisdom of literature, the richness of the arts, the discoveries of the sciences, and our own life experience. We have the combined religious traditions of the Unitarians and the Universalists: a tradition of creative spirits like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Albert Schweitzer and Augusta Chapin, the third woman ordained in America, who served as minister of this congregation in the 1890s.
Our congregation is made up of individuals whose religious beliefs represent a variety of perspectives: Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Pagan, naturist, pantheist, deist, atheist, agnostic, and many others. We strive to bring a variety of perspectives to bear on our spiritual growth as individuals and as a congregation. We know of no other religious institution willing to take such an approach. Here is both a respect for the past and an openness to the future.
There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations 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.
Unitarian Universalism 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.
These principles and sources of faith are the backbone of our religious community.
We are affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association, which is based in Boston, Massachusetts. Visit their website for more information and resources on our faith.