Unitarian Universalism places value in the individual religious quest, and so the question of what we believe has as many answers as there are UUs! Individual UU beliefs will vary about everything from salvation to scripture to rituals to God. Rather than teaching a one-size-fits-all faith, we seek to nurture an inquiring mind, a spirit of openness to diversity, and a loving and compassionate heart.
But UUs do hold common spiritual values. Great teachers of many faiths have stressed the worth and dignity of human being, the importance of ethical behavior, and the interdependence of all life on our planet. These are core values for our Unitarian Universalist religious movement.
UU congregations covenant to affirm and promote these seven principles
Our UU religious perspectives draw from many sources. Religion is a lifelong journey, and thus UUs strive to listen, learn and grow through teachings and wisdom that come from many sources, including:
Our core principles and practices were first articulated and established by liberal Christians in the American Protestant tradition. The American Unitarian Association, which historically emphasized the unity of God and the goodness of human nature, and the Universalist Church of America, which emphasized the goodness of God and a belief in salvation for all persons, merged in 1961 to form the Unitarian Universalist Association.
For more about Unitarian Universalist history, please visit http://www.uua.org/visitors/ourhistory/6186.shtml