First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County

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Principles & Sources

Principles & Sources

Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote seven principles and draw wisdom from six core sources. The principles and sources are part of who we are and serve as a guide for how we live our daily lives. 

Seven UU Principles 

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

Six UU Sources 

  1. 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 that create and uphold life 
  2. 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 
  3. Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life
  4. Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves
  5. 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 
  6. Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions that celebrate the sacred  circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature