What We Believe
Copyright Unitarian Universalist Association
Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote our Seven Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. We live out these principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience.
The principles are a guide for those of us who choose to join and participate in Unitarian Universalist religious communities.
- 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.
If you would like to learn about how important these principles are in the lives of our members, please click here.
The living tradition we share draws from many sources:
- Direct experience of the 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.
For more information see www.uua.org/beliefs
And for those who are history buffs, here is a link to our past newsletters (some dating back to the 1940s and ending in 2016), scanned by our UU Fort Wayne volunteers and available in the Community Album of the Allen County Public Library Digital Collections.