What We Believe

Because UUs respect a wide range of beliefs, some think they hold none themselves.  Untrue.

Here are some UU beliefs:

  1. The freedom of religious expression.  Individuals are encouraged to develop their own personal theologies, and to share them without fear of censure or reprisal.
  2. Tolerating religious ideas.  All religions, in every age and culture, possess intrinsic merit and have potential value for those who learn about them.
  3. The importance of reason and conscience. In religion, the ultimate arbiter is not a church, a document, or an official, but an individual’s personal choice.
  4. The never-ending search for truth. Keep an open mind and heart, and numerous fruitful revelations will come to you.
  5. The unity of experience. Faith and knowledge, religion and the world, the sacred and the secular can align, since all spring from the same reality.
  6. The worth and dignity of each human being. Everyone has an equal claim to life, liberty, and justice—no idea, ideal, or philosophy is superior to human life.
  7. The ethical application of religion. Good works emerge from a good faith–inner grace is expressed in social and community involvement.
  8. The motive force of love. Human relationships flourish with love that seeks others’ welfare and never to hurt or destroy.
  9. The necessity of democracy–records open to scrutiny, elections open to members, and ideas open to criticism—enable people to govern themselves.
  10. The importance of religious community.  Peers confirm our experience and provide a network of mutual support, along with a critical platform.

[published in the Red Rock News on February 25, 2022]