What do UUs Believe?
Unitarian Universalists believe that no one religion has all the answers but that most have something to teach us. For Unitarian Universalists, being religious does not mean embracing a specific religious doctrine, but engaging in an ongoing search for what gives our lives meaning, purpose and spiritual depth. We know that not all of us are going to share the same beliefs, but that is OK.
Unitarian Universalism offers a home for those who simply can’t accept what they’ve always been asked to believe without question. In Unitarian Universalism, what is sacred is determined by each of us based on our own direct experience as well as teachings from diverse sources:
- From Judeo-Christian heritage, we take the teachings of the Bible and Jesus.
- From Buddhism we take the power of meditation.
- From Judaism we take the belief that working together we can achieve peace and justice.
- From Native American and other earth-centered traditions we take respect for the earth and reverence for natural cycles.
- From Humanism, we take the belief in reason and science
What holds UUs together is not common belief, but common experience and a common approach to life. Unitarian Universalists use our Principles and Purposes to define our shared values and inspire us to ethical action. Rather than focus on achieving an afterlife, most Unitarian Universalists are focused on using this life to make the world a more just and compassionate place.