UU Sources and Principles


Sources of Unitarian Universalist Faith

Unitarian Universalism (UU) draws from many sources:

  • Direct experience of a transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to spiritual renewal and 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.

What inspires you? Bring your ideas and inspirations to UUFD—you'll find others who'll listen and may even share your enthusiasm. From motorcycling to gardening to deep philosophical pondering, UUs take inspiration from all parts of life, share their discoveries in trust, and learn from one another.

Learn more about UU sources of spritual inspriation and guidance here.


Principles of Unitarian Universalism

Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote seven principles. They are not a dogma or creed, but a moral guide for those of us who choose to join and participate in Unitarian Universalist religious communities.

  • 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.

You can learn more about UU Principles here.