Principles and Sources

Principles and Sources


Unitarian Universalism is a “non-creedal” faith. This means we don’t adhere to or promote one belief system, but encourage each person to find their own truth.

However, there are guiding principles of ethics and values. We have high regard for multiple sources of our faith. And our covenant of relationships is a foundation of our religious community.

Our Mission

“Empowered by love, we transform ourselves and serve our world.”

Our Seven Principles

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:

1. The 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. 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 world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Our Six Sources

Unitarian Universalism (UU) draws from many sources, including:

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.

UUCE Covenant of Right Relations

“We covenant to build a religious community guided by respect and sustained by our principles.

“We will listen appreciatively, speak with care, express gratitude, honor our differences, and assume good intentions.

“We will communicate directly, honestly and compassionately – particularly when we are in conflict.

“When we hurt one another we will ask for forgiveness and make amends, and when we are hurt we will try to forgive and reconnect in a spirit of right relationship.

“In celebration of the common mission that unites us, we will abide by this covenant.”

(Modified by the UUCE Board on 1/12/12)