I.The inherent worth and dignity of every person.
II.Justice, equity and compassion in human relations.
III.Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations. IV.A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
V.The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large. VI.The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all. VII.Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
These seven principles draw from many different sources. According to the Unitarian Universalist web site (2007), the sources are from direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and openness to the forces that create and uphold life. The principles also come from words and deeds of prophetic women and men that challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love. Wisdom from the world's religions also inspires the principle that inspires believers in their ethical and spiritual life. Jewish and Christian teachings call believers to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as we love ourselves. Humanist teachings have influenced and counseled us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit. The spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions like that of indigenous peoples teach them celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct followers to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
Many religious groups have a symbol that ties their religion together. The Unitarian Universalist religion is no different. Their symbol is the flaming chalice. The flaming chalice unites members and symbolizes the spirit of their work as a group. An Austrian artist named Hans Deutsch first brought the origin of the symbol together. Hans created it during World War II...