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Values

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.

 

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM

INTERNATIONAL  COOPERATIVE ALLIANCE

 EQUALITY

 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 equally.

 EQUITY

 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.

 MUTUAL SELF-HELP

 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 lives.

 RESPONSIBILITY

 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 general.

 DEMOCRACY

 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.

 SOLIDARITY

 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.

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