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Unitarian Universalism is a liberal denomination with no specific religious creed or dogma.
This is not to say that we "can believe anything we want," or that we "don't believe in anything." Nothing could be further from the truth. While our members and friends have a wide variety of religious beliefs, we are united by a code of ethics and behavior known as The Seven UU Principles, which are as follows:
- 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 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.
Religious beliefs that are in conflict with these principles are not usually found in UU churches, and their followers can expect to be challenged in our congregations.
Unitarian Universalism is a relatively new denomination, unique to North America. It was formed in 1961 with the merger of two liberal Christian denominations. The first was Unitarianism, which believed in one god and rejected the Trinity of "Father, Son and Holy Ghost." Unitarians considered themselves Christian, and believed Jesus was an important teacher, but did not believe he was the son of God, any more than we are all children of God. The second was Universalism, which rejected the Calvinist theology of predetermination. Universalists felt that a loving God would not condemn anyone to an eternity in Hell, and believe that salvation would be universal - available to all.
Today's Unitarian Universalism is a vibrant and dynamic expression of many different beliefs and lifestyles, all working together to bring the UU principles to bear in our communities - living proof that people of faith need not have identical beliefs in order to unite in a common spiritual cause.
From the Unitarian Universalist Association:
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.
Mission Statement of the Concord UU Church
Connecting in Love & Service
Transforming Ourselves & the World
Covenant of the Concord UU Church
Love is the spirit of this church, and service its call. Let this be our covenant: To dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love, and to help one another.