Our Beliefs and Principles
At the Sedona Unitarian Universalist Fellowship we welcome YOU – – all of you, with your questioning mind and your expansive heart. You do not have to check your personal background and beliefs at the door, as we are all joining together on a journey of hope that honors everywhere we’ve been before. The adventure of hope starts here.
As Unitarian Universalists, we believe more than one thing. We think for ourselves and reflect together about important questions:
- The possible existence of a higher power
- Life and Death
- Spiritual aspirations, poetry, music, and sacred texts
- The search for truth and meaning in our lives
We are united in our broad and inclusive outlook and in our life-affirming values. Values that endure and guide our way. We are also united in shared experiences: our open and uplifting worship services; our learning opportunities; our working toward social justice; our quest to include the marginalized and our expression of love and caring for each other and our community.
Our Fellowship affirms and promotes seven Principles which we hold as strong values and moral guides. These Principles are not to be considered dogma or doctrine, but rather a guide for those of us who choose to join and participate in living a just and kind way of life on our precious planet.
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.
We live out these Principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, music, scripture and personal experience:
- 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 that 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 and other religious 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.
These seven Principles and six sources of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) grew out of the grassroots of our spiritual tradition. They were affirmed democratically and are a part of who we are as a faith tradition. Our beliefs and principles create an inspiring guide for our Fellowship and for our own lives.
“Here are our open hands. . . if you hear our music, come join our dance.”
We sincerely hope that you visit us in the near future and look forward to getting to know you. As you explore our website, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.