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Unitarian Universalism

What Is a Unitarian Universalist? from On Being on Vimeo.

Unitarian Universalists believe that personal experience, conscience and reason should guide us in our spiritual quests. We are a free church, organized to inform the mind, open the heart, raise consciousness, liberate the spirit and create a caring community of friends and members.

We believe in the freedom of individual thought, belief, and speech, coupled with the responsibility to encourage and support others within our congregation. We believe in service to others -- within the church, the community and the larger world in which we all live.

Unitarian Universalists share a belief in the dignity and worth of every human being and a respect for the interdependent web of life. 

Grateful for the religious pluralism, which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. 

Unitarian Universalism is a theologically liberal religion characterized by its support for a "free and responsible search for truth and meaning." Unitarian Universalists do not share a compulsory dogma; rather, we are unified by our shared search for spiritual growth. Unitarian Universalists draw on many theological sources and have a wide range of beliefs and practices.

Both Unitarianism and Universalism trace their origins to Christian Protestantism, and thus, Unitarian Universalism has its historical roots in the Christian faith. 

Today‚Äôs UUs appreciate and value aspects of other religions ranging from Judaism to Buddhism. Although Unitarian Universalist congregations and fellowships tend to retain some Christian traditions, such as Sunday worship with a sermon and the singing of hymns, we do not necessarily identify ourselves as Christians, nor do we necessarily subscribe to Christian beliefs. 

The extent to which the elements of any particular faith tradition are incorporated into one's personal spiritual practices is a matter of personal choice.