As Unitarian Universalists, we join with all UUs in our commitment to living according the UU Seven Principles, and the Sources of our religious traditions.

The Seven Principles

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote

  1. 1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  2. 2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  3. 3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  4. 4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  5. 5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  6. 6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  7. 7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Sources of Our Living Tradition

These are the six sources our congregations affirm and promote:

  • 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.

Unitarian Universalism is a “Living Tradition” and periodically reviews these principles through the Article II Study Commission. The Article II Study Commission is charged to review, and propose any revisions that will enable our UUA, our member congregations, and our covenanted communities to be a relevant and powerful force for spiritual and moral growth, healing, and justice. (such as the proposed 8th Principle).

The Untarian Universalist Association (UUA.org) also engages in national Justice and Inclusion Initiatives, including Side with Love, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth, Black Lives of UU (BLUU) and Transgender Religious Professional Unitarian Universalists Together (TRUUsT)