Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles

We, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Susquehanna Valley, acknowledge and celebrate our spiritual kinship with all, both past and present, who seek truth, meaning, and love in life. We honor the development of our religious community in this kinship through the Unitarian and Universalist traditions. We gather here, in Northumberland, where Joseph Priestley organized early Unitarian services in North America.

Mission Statement:

We are a welcoming and caring spiritual community, gathering for inspiration, social justice and service.

Vision Statement:

UUCSV is a welcoming and accepting community that encourages diversity of beliefs, offers vibrant religious growth and learning for all ages, and serves as a beacon for human rights in the Susquehanna Valley.


The Seven Principles that Unitarian Universalist congregations covenant to affirm:

  • 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.


UUCSV draws inspiration from many sources:

  • 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 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 teaching which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
  • Humanist teaching 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