BridgesUU

Connecting the Beloved Community

Being UU!

Unitarian Universalism creates change: in ourselves, and in the world.

We affirm and promote seven Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. As a Living Tradition, we also recognize the call to add a 8th principle to further underscore the importance of anti-oppression work.  

  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part;
  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  • Journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountability dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions;
  • 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.

We live our faith by doing. Whether in community with others or as an individual, we know that active, tangible expressions of love, justice, and peace are what make a difference.

We promote these principles through regular worship, spiritual and personal growth, shared connection and care, social justice and service, celebration of life’s transitions, and much more.

Themes of both Unitarianism and Universalism have been seen in many cultures and religious traditions throughout the ages.

Formally, we grew into our modern form from the union of two radical Christian groups: the Universalists, who organized in 1793, and the Unitarians, who organized in 1825. Guided by young people in each of these traditions, they joined to become the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations in 1961. Both groups trace their roots in North America to the early Massachusetts settlers and the framers of the US Constitution.

Our story does not begin in the US, it expands across the globe. Our heritage reaches back centuries to liberal religious pioneers in England, Poland, and Transylvania.

We aim to be diverse and inclusive expanding our theology and practices beyond our formal roots in Western Christianity. We aim include people of many beliefs who share UU values of living in covenant to grow in spirit and community recognizing we are creators of positive change in people and in the world.