We recognize a deep synergy between the principles of cooperatives and those of Unitarian Universalism.
Below we pair values of of the International Co-operative Alliance with the seven principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATIVE ALLIANCE
| The inherent worth and dignity of every person.|
Every person is worthwhile in his or her own right and has the right to
have his or her life, dignity and abilities respected and valued
| Justice, equity and compassion in human relations.|
Each person should be treated fairly and have access to all that is necessary to live a meaningful and productive life.
| Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.|
People are interdependent and benefit from joining their individual
efforts with others to achieve their aspirations and improve their
| A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.|
Each of us is responsible for our own actions and the impact of those
actions upon others and ourselves. Groups are also responsible for the
impact of their actions on individuals, other groups and society in
| The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.|
The human spirit is liberated, by democratic processes and
structures…Every person has the right to have a say and influence all
decisions that affect their lives. Democracy is not limited to the
actions of the state but extends to all decisions that have an impact
on the lives of people.
| 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.
Shared, coordinated action between individuals and groups is the best
way to create a society and economy characterized by equity, equality
and mutual self-help…Solidarity limits our individual freedom, only to
the extent required by a real respect for the dignity of others being
equal to our own.