UUA Principles and Purposes

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:

  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. A 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.

The living tradition which we share draws from many sources:

  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
  • Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
  • Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.
  • Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As a free congregation we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support.  For additional information on our UUA principals visit the Unitarian Universalist Association's website here

Covenant of Right Relations

We, the members of the Community Unitarian Universalist Church, covenant to ourselves, the Minister, the staff and the governing Board to live in harmony with our seven principles:

  • I will honor the inherent worth and dignity of every person by treating every person with respect. 
    • When I speak, I will speak for myself directly, honestly, sensitively, and clearly. 
    • I will seek accurate information, be willing to test my assumptions and examine my own behaviors. 
    • I will be patient with myself and others, let go of the trivial, stay engaged, and be willing to give and receive. 
    • I will listen attentively, acknowledge others’ views, and try to imagine holding their opinions. 
  • I will model justice, equity and compassion in human relations by forgiving myself and others when we make mistakes. 
    • I will support those who serve the Church regardless of whether they were hired, elected or volunteered to meet a need.  
    • I will support members in their practicing healthful self care of balancing their personal, family, work, social and spiritual lives. 
    • I will take responsibility for my own spiritual growth and support others in their spiritual pursuits.
    •  I will learn how the Church works and about Unitarian Universalist principles and traditions.
  • I will support a free and responsible search for truth and meaning by supporting and encouraging responsible freedom of the pulpit.
    •  I will support this church with both my time and money to the best of my ability.
  • I will support the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregation by embracing differences of opinion. 
    • Without ridicule or intimidation, I will listen to the expression of opposing points of view. 
    • I will express my own views respectfully.
    •  I will honor and support decisions made by the congregation even when I hold another view.
  • I will strive for the goal of a community with peace, liberty, and justice for all by modeling the behavior that no one will be treated unfairly. 
    • I will pay attention to issues of fair treatment.
    •  I will not disparage others nor will I support the disparaging of others by my silence.
    •  I will go directly to a person with whom I disagree and share differences respectfully.  If needed, I will ask for mediation.
    • I will initiate the above actions before a situation escalates.
  • I will show respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part by acting responsibly in our church community.

 

As a member of this congregation, I support this covenant by promising mutual trust and support.