The 8 Unitarian Universalist Principles
Last Update: January 2, 2022
So after having been a Congregationalist and later a Presbyterian (I actually became a deacon!) I left organized religion behind. Then, a joint team of geo-physicists, theologians and meteorologists decided that Hell had indeed frozen over and I joined the Unitarian Universalists. Why? They aspire to live by the following 7 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.
Yeah, I can get behind that.
For several years now, an 8th principle is being considered. It is this:
Journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.
In November, 2021, the First Unitarian Church of Oakland (my church) adopted by an overwhelming majority, this 8th principle. I don't know where it stands at the national level.
Kinda wordy for a principle, but I can get behind this one too.