UU Principles and Sources

Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote seven principles as strong values and moral guides — not dogma or doctrine:

  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. 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

We express these principles within a living tradition of wisdom and spirituality drawn from six diverse sources:

  1. Direct experience of the transcending mystery and wonder — affirmed in all cultures — moves us to renew the spirit and to be open to the forces that create and uphold life.
  2. Words and deeds of prophetic people challenge us to confront structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.
  3. Wisdom from the world’s religions inspires us in ethical and spiritual life.
  4. Jewish and Christian teachings call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves.
  5. Humanist teachings counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn against idolatries of the mind and spirit.
  6. Spiritual teachings of Earth­-centered traditions celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

The seven principles and six sources of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) grew out of the grassroots of our tradition, were affirmed democratically, and are part of who we are. You will find them in the UUA Bylaws.

Kids’ Principles

Unitarian Universalists have many ways of articulating our seven Principles in simpler language. Here’s the way our Tapestry of Faith children’s programs describe them:

We believe that:

  1. Each and every person is important.
  2. All people should be treated fairly and kindly.
  3. We should accept one another and keep on learning together.
  4. Each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.
  5. All persons should have a vote about the things that concern them.
  6. We should work for a peaceful, fair, and free world.
  7. We must care for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things.

These principles are woven into UUFG’s religious education programs for children and adolescents.