Rather than a scripture or dogma, Unitarians are united by affirming a common set of values. At their 2024 convention, they will vote on accepting this newly clarified values statement. If you were there, would you vote yes?
Preamble: Love is the power that holds us together and is at the center of our shared values. We are accountable to one another for doing the work of living our shared values through the spiritual discipline of Love. Inseparable from one another, these shared values are:
Interdependence – We honor the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. With humility and reverence, we protect Earth and all beings from exploitation, creating and nurturing sustainable relationships of repair, mutuality and justice.
Pluralism – We celebrate that we are all sacred beings diverse in culture, experience, and theology. We learn from one another in our free and responsible search for truth and meaning. We embrace our differences and commonalities with Love, curiosity, and respect.
Justice – We work to be diverse multicultural Beloved Communities where all thrive. We strive to dismantle racism and all forms of systemic oppression. We support the use of inclusive democratic processes to make decisions within our congregation and the society at large.
Transformation – We adapt to the changing world. We will collectively transform and grow spiritually and ethically. Openness to change is fundamental to our Unitarian and Universalist heritages, never complete and never perfect.
Generosity – We cultivate a spirit of gratitude and hope. We freely and compassionately share our faith, presence, and resources. Our generosity connects us to one another in relationships of interdependence and mutuality.
Equity – We declare that every person has the right to flourish with inherent dignity and worthiness. We will use our time, wisdom, attention, and money to build and sustain fully accessible and inclusive communities.
[published December 29, 2023]