What is Unitarian Universalism?

Unitarianism » What is Unitarian Universalism?

Welcome to Unitarianism (or Unitarian Universalism UU), a liberal religion that celebrates diversity of belief and is guided by seven principles. Our congregation, the almost 50 others across Canada and the many around the world are places where we gather to nurture our spirits, stimulate our freedom of thought and mind and put our faith into action through social justice work in our communities and the wider world.

Newcomers are always welcome. There is no formal conversion process, so becoming a Unitarian is simply a matter of self-identification. Membership is voluntary and does not require renouncing other religious affiliations or practices.

We come from a rich tradition of religious freedom and history; our roots go back to the 1500’s in Europe when Christians who believed that there was no biblical or other reason to believe in the “Holy Trinity” were persecuted as “heretics”. The real meaning of the word “heretic” is “to choose” and Unitarians believed that people should be free from religious dogma and creed to choose their spiritual path. We still do! Instead of dogma we are guided by 7 Principles, formed from the wisdom of the world’s major religions and the guidance of science and philosophy.

Our history has carried us from liberal Christian views about the nature of God and human nature to a rich pluralism that includes theist and atheist, agnostic and humanist, pagan, Christian, Jew, and Buddhist. As our history continues to evolve and unfold, we invite you to join us by choosing our free faith. Come and celebrate our diversity of mind and spirit!

Famous Unitarians (UU’s) have included Charles Dickens, Thomas Jefferson, Florence Nightingale, Charles Darwin, Joseph Priestly, Julia Ward Howe, Adlai Stevenson, John Quincy Adams, Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Ray Bradbury, Margaret Laurence, Christopher Reeves, Paul Newman.

 

7 Principles

Unitarians covenant to affirm and promote the following principles:

  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person
  2. Justice, equality and compassion in human relations
  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth
  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
  6. The goal of a world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

 

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