Usually when I tell people I’m a UU, I get a perplexed look. When I explain that stands for Unitarian Universalist, I get, “Oh . . . yeah . . . .” and a look that holds both vague recognition and incomprehension. If they have heard of us, they think we’re all weirdo liberal hippies.
Maybe some of us are . . . .
The Unitarians and the Universalist were both heretical Christian churches. In 1962 they merged. In the last five decades things have changed a bit. Today our congregations are made up of of Jews, Muslims, Pagans, Buddhists, Humanists, Atheists, Agnostics, lots of former―and some current―Christians, all supporting each other on the search for truth and meaning.
We are social activists and mystics, diverse of gender preference and gender identity, believers in the inherent worth and dignity of each individual while striving to strengthen the interdependent web of all life. As the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King exhorted, we seek to build beloved community. We are UUs and I am a cUriouUs gUUrl
Some links to learn more:
And just because I love this podcast to distraction: On Being
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 (UU) 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.