What We Believe

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion born of the Jewish and Christian traditions. We keep our minds open to the religious questions people have struggled with in all times and places.

We believe that personal experience, conscience and reason should be the final authorities in religion. In the end religious authority lies not in a book or person or institution, but in ourselves. We put religious insights to the test of our hearts and minds.

We uphold the free search for truth and meaning. We will not be bound by a statement of belief. We do not ask anyone to subscribe to a creed. We say ours is a noncreedal religion. Ours is a free faith.

We believe that religious wisdom is ever-changing. Human understanding of life and death, the world and its mysteries, is never final. Revelation is continuous. We celebrate unfolding truths known to teachers, prophets and sages throughout the ages.

We affirm the worth of all people. We believe people should be encouraged to think for themselves. We know people differ in their opinions and life-styles and believe these differences generally should be honored.

We seek to act as a moral force in the world, believing that ethical living is the supreme witness of religion. The here and now and the effects our actions will have on future generations deeply concern us. We know that our relationships with one another, with other peoples, races and nations, should be governed by justice, equity and compassion.

Source: Unitarian Universalist Association

Unitarian Universalist Principles

There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  • 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.

Unitarian Universalism 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 that celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

These principles and sources of faith are the backbone of our religious community.

Beliefs within Our Faith

Our living tradition encompasses many faiths as illustrated by the Unitarian Universalist Association:  http://www.uua.org/beliefs/what-we-believe/beliefs

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion that encompasses many faith traditions.  Unitarian Universalists include people who identify as Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Pagans, Atheists, Agnostics, Humanists, and others.  As there is no official Unitarian Universalist creed, Unitarian Universalists are free to search for truth on many paths. Although we uphold shared principles, individual Unitarian Universalists have varied beliefs about everything from scripture to rituals to God.

Source: Unitarian Universalist Association

Additional Information

The following sites provide more information on Unitarian Universalism (UU):

Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)

This is the site for the association to which all Unitarian Universalists congregations belong.  You will find information on UU beliefs, history and activities, as well as numerous resources for congregation members.

UUA Pamphlets

Here you will find an extensive collection of short pamphlets addressing UU basics for adults and children as well as UU views on various issues and subjects.  While the pamphlets are for sale, you can read the online versions for free.

Pacific Central District of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)

Our congregation belongs to the Pacific Central District of the UUA.  This site contains information on Unitarian Universalist activities in our region.

Unitarian Universalists of the Bay Area

This directory site lists all Unitarian Universalists congregations in the San Francisco Bay Area.

UU World

UU World is a quarterly magazine, which is published by the UUA. Articles from back issues are available on their web site.

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

This is a nonsectarian organization that advances human rights and social justice. Their programs are based on Unitarian Universalist principles that affirm the worth, dignity, and human rights of every person.

UUA Worship Web

WorshipWeb offers a variety of worship resources (sermons, quotes, meditations, prayers, blessings) for use in services, special occasions or for personal inspiration.

Famous Unitarian Universalists

See how many familiar names you recognize.  On this site you’ll find a cross-section of famous Americans from presidents (John Adams) to philosophers (Ralph Waldo Emerson) to humanitarians (Florence Nightingale).

UUA Bookstore

The UUA’s bookstore is located in Boston. Books can be purchased online on their web site.

Beacon Press

Beacon Press is the UUA’s publisher of non-fiction and fiction that promotes such values as freedom of speech and thought; diversity, religious pluralism, and anti-racism; and respect for diversity in all areas of life.

Continental UU Young Adult Network (C*UUYAN)

C*UUYAN fosters community, justice and spirituality among Unitarian Universalists ages 18 to 35. Some of its activities include conferences, continental social justice programs and local events.

Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry, California

The Ministry seeks to develop the skills of civic engagement so that we may educate, organize, and advocate for public policies that are consistent with our Unitarian Universalist Principles.

UUpdates News

This is a news aggregator for syndicated Unitarian Universalist web sites.  Here you can read blogs and individual opinions on current events and news.