Refer to the section, “What Do Unitarian Universalists Believe?” for a discussion of how these types of actions follow from our Seven Principles.”
1 The inherent worth and dignity of every person
We have to give up our racial/ethnic prejudices. We can’t speak disparagingly of people with different political opinion. We must oppose civic or businesses practices that disadvantage any group, though it may be economically or socially costly to us.
2 Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
We must voluntarily engage in peaceful actions that correct injustices in policing and criminal proceedings. We must at least financially support efforts to house the homeless, rescue children from sexual slavery, obtain adequate medical care for those omitted from our current system. We must be alert to human need and active in response.
3 Acceptance of one another; encouragement in spiritual growth
We come to our congregation from varied previous loyalties: from Christian denominations, Jewish culture, Pagan circles, other world religions or no religious associations at all. We have varied cultural roots and varied sexual natures.
What we all want in common is to grow into better human beings, to refine our inner lives and acquire better habits, healthier emotions, deeper friendships.
4 A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
In this time of confusion over truth versus rumor, when “other facts” turn out to be delusions, we promise to investigate all opinions for their grounding in reality.
We will seek out primary sources of information and accept only firsthand accounts. We will resist emotional appeals and question the motives of those who attempt to influence us.
5 The right of conscience and use of the democratic process
We will stand by our conscience in making decisions, though ours may not be the popular choice. In our group decision making we will respect the will of the
majority and either carry out their policies loyally or resign so that others may get on with their work. We will be alert to legislative and judicial practices which undermine the balance of power in civic affairs, and work with forces that seek to achieve a healthier outcome.
6 The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all
From our Association as a whole to the smallest church, there are organized efforts to relieve the world’s suffering. We have a neighbor church in Bozod, Romania, our members visit occasionally and to which we send funds as their need arises. Through our central relief agency we participate financially and as volunteers in relief efforts in the wake of natural disasters or armed conflicts.
7 Respect for the interdependent web of all existence we belong to
Because of efforts by our Green Sanctuary Committee, we are certified by our national organization as a Green Sanctuary. This means we do not use plastic, we recycle all paper and metal, and we compost food matter as often as we can. We maintain a community garden which contributes the bulk of fresh produce to our local food bank. A group of gleaners picks fruit and vegetables from trees and fields to benefit that food supply.
Being a Unitarian Universalist has nothing to do with whatever metaphysical speculations you want to hold and everything to do with what good you can do in this world. These are costly beliefs. They take effort in terms of inner struggle and outward labor. We all appreciate meaningful sermons, inspiring music, and friendly associates, but that’s only the beginning. We are a “shoulder to the wheel” church that welcomes whatever push you can give.