Children’s Principles and Sources
Our joyful multi-generational community centers itself around a set of shared Unitarian Universalist beliefs. These beliefs are organized into two categories: the Eight Principles, and the Six Sources. We offer these beliefs in modified language so people of all ages and stages can learn about and engage in them!
The Eight Principles
The Eight Principles guide us to live our UU values through our actions and attitudes. We commit to explore these principles as a community, knowing that there are many options and perspectives on how to do so! A diversity of beliefs and practices makes our community stronger.
- We believe that each person is important.
- We believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly.
- We believe that we should accept one another, and we learn and grow together.
- We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and meaningful in life.
- We believe that all persons should have a voice and a vote about the things that concern them.
- We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world.
- We believe in caring for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things.
- We work to build loving community, by fighting against racism and other harmful systems.
The Six Sources
The Six Sources guide us to listen to and honor many voices and traditions. The stories and lessons we hear create the foundations of our communal and personal faith. Our sources do not demand we subscribe to any specific religious and spiritual beliefs or practices. We listen so we can better understand and care for one another and ourselves.
- We listen to the sense of wonder and openness we feel.
- We listen to wise people whose lives remind us to be kind and fair.
- We listen to the ethical and spiritual wisdom of the world’s religions.
- We listen to Jewish, Christian, and Muslim voices that call us to celebrate God’s compassion and mercy by loving our neighbors as we love ourselves.*
- We listen to the use of reason and the discoveries of science.
- We listen to the harmony of nature and the sacred circle of life, and the voices of the Indigenous stewards of the lands we live on.**
* This is unofficial language that reflects a more intentional inclusion of Muslim people, honoring the shared mono-theistic roots of the major Abrahamic religions as suggested by Rev. Craig Moro.
** This is unofficial language that reflects the sacred role of first nation and original peoples in caring for our earth and its resources, and our support of their rights and sovereignty.