About Unitarian Universalism
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To Unitarian Universalists, the marks of true religion are freedom to choose one’s spiritual journey, enlightened reason, broad and tolerant compassion, upright character, and unselfish service. We find the essence of religion in character, conduct, and community, rather than in doctrines, creeds, dogmas, and catechisms.
-Unitarian Universalist minister Rev. Jack Mendelsohn
Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religious tradition: our people are free to choose their own spiritual path and shape their own beliefs, in dialogue and community with each other, with the faiths of the world, and with their own conscience. Unitarian Universalists, however, do subscribe to an ethic of behavior, a way of being together that promotes peace, justice, and compassion. Within this framework, we encourage individuals to articulate their own beliefs and to follow their own spiritual journeys. Our congregations offer communities with whom you may share your journey.
Beliefs Within Our FaithUnitarian Universalism is a liberal religion that encompasses many faith traditions. Unitarian Universalists include people who identify as Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, 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.
To quote the Rev. Marta Flanagan, "We uphold the free search for truth. 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 non-creedal religion. Ours is a free faith."
Although we uphold shared principles, individual Unitarian Universalists have varied beliefs about everything from scripture to rituals to God.