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Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism

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Unitarian Universalism (or UU) is a highly individualistic religion with no dogma concerning the spiritual nature of the world. As such, different UUs can have radically different ideas concerning the nature of the divine (or absence of the same) or ethical decisions.

However, there are seven principles which UUs agree upon being the foundation of their organization and which they promote:

1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person

Unitarian Universalism is a high humanist system of thought, emphasizing the inherent worth of all people rather than any inherent flaws in humanity.

2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations

While UUs do not have a specific list of laws of behavior and are encouraged to personally consider the nature of ethical choices, they do agree that ethical behavior should include notions of justice, equity and compassion.

3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth

UUs are very non-judgmental. A UU gathering might easily include atheists, monotheists and polytheists, and this diversity is to be tolerated and encouraged. Spirituality is a highly complex and subjective topic to UUs, which can lead to multiple conclusions. UUs are also encouraged to learn from this diversity as they develop their own personal ideas of spirituality.

4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning

UUs focus on their own personal spiritual development and understanding rather than being concerned about everyone reaching a consensus. Every person has the right to their own spiritual seeking.

5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process

UUs egalitarian outlook lends itself to the promotion of democratic organization. As a second ethical statement, UU also endorses action based upon one's own conscience.

6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all

The notion of inherent human worth lends itself to an emphasis on the world community and the allowance of basic rights for all members.

7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

UU acknowledges that reality consists of a complex and interconnected web of relationships. Actions taken seemingly in isolation can still have far-reaching effects, and responsible behavior includes being mindful of these potential consequences.
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