Our Beliefs

In Unitarian Universalism, you can bring your whole self: your full identity, your questioning mind, your faith, your expansive heart. As Unitarian Universalists, we do not have to check our personal background and beliefs at the door: we join together on a journey that honors everywhere we’ve been before.

 

Unitarian Universalism affirms and promotes seven Principles, grounded in humanistic teachings of the world’s religions:

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.

 

Our inclusive spirituality is drawn from sources as diverse as scripture and science, nature and philosophy, personal experience and ancient tradition. We have no shared creed; no test of faith or belief is required.

 

As Unitarian Universalists, we think for ourselves, and reflect together, about important questions:

 

We are united in our broad and inclusive outlook, and in our values, as expressed in our seven Principles. We are united in shared experience: our open and stirring worship services, religious education, and rites of passage; our work for social justice; our quest to include the marginalized; our expressions of love.

 

Our ability to share common values with those who share different beliefs is crucial to the vibrant, diverse community we seek to build in the Capital Region, in New York, in the United States of America, and in the wider world. Together, we create a force more powerful than one person or one belief system.

 

Learn more about Unitarian Universalists from a variety of beliefs and backgrounds: Atheist/AgnosticBuddhistChristianHinduHumanistJewishMuslimPagan, and more.