About Unitarian Universalism
We are a community of people with different beliefs and diverse backgrounds who embrace basic principles which include the freedom to engage in our own personal search for truth and meaning. We come together in the spirit of mutual caring and respect to celebrate life, offer service, and work for a better world.
The word "unitarian" was first used in the early stages of the Reformation to refer to those who could not believe in the concept of "trinity." In America, the Unitarian Church was organized as a Christian denomination in 1825.
Universalism has its origins in the theological assertion that all souls are saved, an assertion that has been made at various times in the history of Christianity. In the United States, Universalism dates to the 1770's.
In 1961 the American Unitarian Association and the Universalist Church of America joined together. Unitarian Universalism is a non-creedal religion. Each person, therefore, looks to his or her own reason, knowledge, experience, and conscience for authority and direction. Each of us draws upon many sources of inspiration in fashioning an individual credo. These resources may include the sacred writings of the world's great religions, secular writings in many disciplines, philosophical treatises, biographical works, theological arguments, poetry, drama, and great works of fiction.
- 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.