Beliefs and Values

Our spiritual community is drawn together by a covenant rather than by a set of beliefs handed down.  We celebrate and practice shared values which are reflected in our congregation’s Mission, Values and Covenant and in the seven Principles affirmed by the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations.  We share a commitment to help one another to build a better community and a better world.

2012-09-29-Andrews-13 skinny
Unitarian Universalist Chalice Logo

UU Principles

Many congregations join together to affirm and promote the seven Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

  • 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

Our Commitment

Our Mission — We come together to deepen our lives and be a force for healing in the world.

Our Covenant — We, an intergenerational community, travel together with open minds, open hearts, and helping hands. We value justice, compassion, integrity and acceptance. We seek spiritual growth, learning together, caring and laughter. To these ends we pledge our time, talents and support.

Our Values — We value the goodness in every person, the openness and curiosity that illuminate that goodness and the love and courage that sustain us.

tree with deep roots

Spiritual Sources

Unitarian Universalism draws 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 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