Are You A UU and Don't Know It?

Please review this checklist to see if your beliefs and values are in harmony with those of Unitarian Universalism.

  1. I believe in the right of every person to make his or her own choice about what he or she believes and values.
  2. I believe in the search for larger, valid and reliable truths which speak to new issues of the emerging new culture.
  3. I cannot identify my beliefs with any particular creed or doctrine.
  4. I believe that ultimate truth is an emerging experimental thing, not finished and complete.
  5. I believe a child should be encouraged to discover religion in his or her unfolding life rather than have it forced upon him or her through a process of dogmatic indoctrination.
  6. I believe a church can be an effective organization and still urge each member to be her or his free individual self.
  7. I believe a church should welcome and appreciate the insights and answers of all healthy spiritual systems and religions.
  8. I want a church where people from many religious and spiritual backgrounds -- Agnostic, Atheist, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Mystic, Zoroastrian, etc. -- are all welcomed as full-fledged members without "conversion" or "renunciation."
  9. I want a church which speaks warmly of "salvation" in terms of consciousness, self-knowledge, and self-management skills, of character and deeds; where achievement is more dependent on social responsibility and action less than ceremonies, sacraments, catechisms and creeds.
  10. I believe salvation results from ethical living, problem solving, moral achievement; and aversion to sanctimony and bigotry in all its forms -- agism, racism, sexism, etc.
  11. I want a church where I can be free to wonder about -- even doubt -- the existence of a Supreme Being, the nature of the Source of all life, the effectiveness of prayer and meditation, the possibility of immortality, and still be spiritual or religious; a church that calls no honest doubt "heresy" and where "heretics" are welcome.
  12. I believe that people are punished by their sins, not for them, and that the evil people do lives with them.
  13. I believe the marks of true religion are holistic health, spiritual freedom, enlightened reason, broad and tolerant sympathy, upright character and unselfish service; and if I do these today, the afterlife will take care of itself.
  14. I hold in reverence the interconnectedness and interdependence of all creation.
  15. I believe that the future is largely in our hands, not a fate wrought by an angry god.
  16. I value a church which is part of a purposeful, positive, organized religious movement, dedicated to the healthy, moral, aesthetic, philosophical, scientific and social progress of human life.