Unitarian Universalism

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion born of the Jewish and Christian traditions. We keep our minds open to the religious questions people have struggled with in all times and places.

We believe that personal experience, conscience, and reason should be the final authorities in religion. In the end, religious authority lies not in a book, person, or institution, but in ourselves.

We uphold the free search for truth. We do not ask anyone to subscribe to a creed. Ours is a non-creedal religion.

We affirm the worth of every person. We believe people should be encouraged to think for themselves. We know people differ in their opinions, choices, and identities, and we believe these differences should be honored.

We seek to act as a moral force in the world, believing that ethical living is the supreme witness of religion. The here and now and the effects our actions will have on future generations deeply concern us. We know our relationships with one another, with diverse peoples, ethnicities, and nations, should be governed by justice, equity, and compassion.

Each Unitarian Universalist congregation is involved in many kinds of programs. Worship is held regularly, the insights of the past and present are shared with those who will create the future, service to the community is undertaken, and friendships are made.

Our congregations are self-governing. Authority and responsibility are vested in the membership of the congregation. Every member is encouraged to participate actively in their faith community.

(Excerpts from “We Are Unitarian Universalists”, pamphlet #3081) © Unitarian Universalist Association, 1999