Theological Underpinnings

Unitarian Universalists (UUs) affirm and promote seven principles:

  • 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.

When you engage with a UU who is working for justice, you will find these principles expressed in both word and action.  That is who we are. 

This topic serves as a one of many places on this site where we speak of our justice work as UUs.  Please join us here.  Read.  Post.  Leave a comment.  Pause to reflect.

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Political Polarization & Religious Experience, published in the Peninsula Daily News, 10-7-16 Last Updated on 2016-10-12 20:09:16   Beyond the divisions there is a field Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right­doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. (Rumi)   This year’s election cycle, even more than previous cycles, is demonstrating just how divided our society is, divisions seen not only between political parties but also between religious institutions. I know, for example, how horrified so many in the congregation I serve will be if the Republican nominee wins the presidency; and I also know that the horror will be equal in other congregations in our community and country if the Democratic nominee wins. But the vocation of religious institutions is – or ought to be – larger than that of being adjuncts to political parties and their candidates, deeper than that of representing the values of one’s tribe or denomination... More »
Reaching Beyond the Divides: Faith, Party, and Privilege Part One, Opening Address for the 6th Annual Northwest UU Justice Summit (October 1, 2016) Last Updated on 2016-10-06 14:51:17 Download this Presentation Introduction The theme for this year’s Northwest UU Justice Summit is titled “Reaching Beyond the Divides: Faith, Party, and Privilege,” which we will begin to approach with back-to-back opening talks by Florence Caplow and me. Reading: “Mending Wall” I begin my part by reading the well-known poem of Robert Frost titled “Mending Wall,” a poem that addresses the subject of division and suggests ways to approach it. “Mending Wall” was written in 1913 while Robert Frost was living in England for three years, trying to establish himself as a writer … written shortly after he had visited Scotland with a friend. There, walking one day with his friend in the village of Kingsbarns, Frost came upon some loosely heaped, unmortared stone walls that reminded him of similar stone walls that had bordered the... More »
Reaching Beyond the Divides: Faith, Party, and Privilege PART TWO, Opening Address for the 6th Annual Northwest UU Justice Summit (October 1, 2016) Last Updated on 2016-10-06 12:11:59 Download this Presentation Good morning! I think the topic of Bridging Divides that the organizers chose for this summit is so important, really critically important, no matter what issues we may be most passionate about – housing, homelessness, indigenous rights, climate change, peace, reproductive justice. The challenges we face these days, many of them, demand that we find common ground wherever we can, because to make the changes we would like to see requires a lot of people, people from across cultures, faiths, and yes, even ideologies, working together. I also think that this topic goes to the heart of our faith as Unitarian Universalists, and also challenges us as Unitarian Universalists. Our very first principle reminds us of the Inherent Worth and Dignity of Every Person, and yet, culturally many of us are from a quite narrow band of race, class, culture, education,... More »
7 UU Principles and Palestine-Israel Study Group - Seattle Last Updated on 2016-10-05 22:48:10 An exploratory group on Palestine-Israel at University Unitarian Church is offering a study course, The 7 UU Principles and Palestine-Israel. This is a nationally-used curriculum created by UUs for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME). The curriculum seeks to build awareness of the issues of human rights for Palestinians and Israelis with the goal of establishing a peace with justice for all. We are fortunate to have Elissa Goss, one of the co-creators of the curriculum, lead our study starting in October. The curriculum includes readings, videos, discussions, and activities. It is designed for adults but also appropriate for high school youth. In preparation for the course, Elissa asks that you read The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan for a better understanding of the Palestinian and Israeli people’s history and aspirations. The 7 UU principles & Palestine-Israel... More »
Interfaith Leaders Call for a Responsible and Respectful 2016 Electoral Process Last Updated on 2016-08-22 17:42:28 Following the primary elections last week, the FAN Interfaith Leaders’ Council issued a call for candidates for public office to commit themselves to participate responsibly and respectfully in the electoral process. FAN convenes interfaith advisors year-round. “Recently our Interfaith Leaders' Council reflected on the teachings and values of their faith traditions, and they felt a need to raise their moral and public voices in the social, economic and political context of this year’s election,” said Rev. Carol Jensen, FAN Governing Board Co-Chair. Thirty-three interfaith leaders from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh, Quaker, and Unitarian traditions have joined together to issue this statement. These leaders will continue in the months ahead to invite faith leaders to sign on to the statement and share these... More »