A spiritual community for all: advancing justice and embracing diversity with love and acceptance

Unitarian Universalist Beliefs

Above all, we believe in you — in the goodness and potential inherent in each human being. That's why our church is open to all, ready to embrace you and be your companion on your spiritual journey. We require no creedal test of faith, no dogmatic assertions.

At First Church, it is what we do that matters much more than what we believe. Yet there is much that we do believe. It has been said that our beliefs:

  • Are expansive and lead the way to wider and deeper sympathies.
  • Are like sunshine, blessing children with the warmth of happiness.
  • Are like gateways opening wide vistas for exploration.
  • Are bonds in a world community, where sincere differences add beauty.
  • Nurture self-confidence and enrich the feeling of personal worth.
  • Are pliable, like a young sapling, ever growing with the upward thrust of life.

Unitarian Universalist Principles and Sources

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to 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.

The Living Tradition Which we Share 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.

Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As free congregations we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support.

We invite all to join us on a lifelong journey into ever deeper and richer belief in humanity, in justice, in freedom, and in reverence for life and connection to that spiritual power which is larger than ourselves, whether we call it God. the Holy, Spirit of Life, or have for it only heartfelt feelings with no name.

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Updated: October 02, 2009