Shared Commitments, Individual Beliefs
In Unitarian Universalism, you can bring your whole self: your full identity, your questioning mind, your expansive heart. We are not a religion that tells you what to believe. We ask you what you discover you must believe. And together, amid our diversity of individual beliefs, we base our life together on our shared commitments.
One may come to these commitments through their belief in God, another through the Eightfold Noble Path taught by the Buddha, yet another through the unfolding understanding of reality offered by the scientific method, some through the teachings of Jesus, and still others through seeking to live in harmony with nature or honoring their ancestors.
Unitarian Universalists believe many different things and do not seek to convince another to believe in unison. Instead, we seek to live in covenant with each other. Shared values and shared commitments are the stuff of Unitarian Universalism.
As Unitarian Universalists, we do not have to check our personal background and beliefs at the door: we join together on a journey that honors everywhere we’ve been before.
Our shared covenant (our seven Principles) supports “the free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” Though Unitarianism and Universalism both arose as liberal Christian traditions, this responsible search has led us to an inclusive spirituality drawn from six sources: from scriptural wisdom to personal experience to modern day heroes.
We are united in our broad and inclusive outlook, and in our values, as expressed in our seven Principles. We are united in shared experience: our open and stirring worship services, religious education, and rites of passage; our work for social justice; our quest to include the marginalized; our expressions of love.