About Unitarian Universalism
The Unitarian Universalist (UU) faith relies on shared values such as those expressed in our Seven Principles, which we, along with other UU congregations and the Unitarian Universalist Association, affirm and promote:
- 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.
Unitarian Universalism also draws on many sources of wisdom as part of our living tradition. They include:
- 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.
We are a non-creedal religion, which means we don’t rely on a shared set of beliefs; rather we expect each person to seek their own truth with freedom and respect for others. We believe that revelation is not sealed, but is rather a changing, evolving, individual journey.
At UUWaco, we have gone through a discernment process and come up with our own sacred words. We invite you to read about them, and join us on Sunday mornings to learn more about what being a Unitarian Universalist is all about here in Waco.