Principles of Unitarian Universalism
The Sources of Our Living Tradition
Our Covenant of Right Relations
Our Eight Principles
We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to 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;
  • 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.*

Our Six Sources
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 people 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 free congregations we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support.

*On Sunday, June 3, 2018 at UUCWC’s annual congregational meeting, we voted by a supermajority to adopt the 8th Principle. UUCWC became the sixth congregation to adopt the 8th principle at the congregational level.  The UUA is in the process of considering adoption of this principle.

Covenant of Right Relations

uucwc_logo_150Because of our uniqueness and our diversity, we sometimes fall short of peacefully resolving our misunderstandings and difficulties. I am mindful, that as an individual and as a member of this community, I am accountable for my words, deeds, and behavior. Therefore, whenever we worship, work, or relate to one another, I covenant that I will:

  • Acknowledge all with kindness and care, dignity and respect
  • Foster an environment of compassion, generosity, fellowship, and creativity
  • Share in the responsibilities of congregational life
  • Speak truth as I experience it and earnestly and humbly listen to all points of view
  • Act with respect and humility when I disagree with others
  • Acknowledge my uncertainty when I recognize it
  • Seek out understanding and wisdom in the presence of conflict
  • Be true to my chosen path although the way may twist and turn, and support others on their journeys
  • Resolve conflicts through intentional compromise and collaboration and, when necessary, request facilitation and/or mediation