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The Eight Principles

A Few Notes on Our Faith

Sources of Our Living Tradition

The Principles and Purposes of our association are a core part of what we value.  As Rev. Barbara Wells ten Hove explains, “The Principles are not dogma or doctrine, but rather a guide for those of us who choose to join and participate in Unitarian Universalist religious communities.”

As Congregations, we covenant to affirm and promote:

  • 1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

  • 2nd Principle: Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;

  • 3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;

  • 4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

  • 5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;

  • 6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

  • 7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

  • 8th Principle: We covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse, multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.

Rev. Kathleen Rolenz said, “Throughout history, we have moved to the rhythms of mystery and wonder, prophecy, wisdom, teachings from ancient and modern sources, and nature herself.” Worshipping in our congregations, you may hear a reading or perspective shared from any one of these sources from which our living tradition is drawn:

  • 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.

 

 

We hope you will join us for worship and perhaps find your spiritual home here in this beloved community.

Sunday Service, March 3
Sunday Service, March 3
Mar 03, 2024, 11:00 AM
First Unitarian Church in New Bedford
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