UU Principles

Unitarian Universalism is a faith without a creed. This means that Unitarian Universalists are encouraged to question and explore their own truths. Unitarian Universalists hold different beliefs about religious subjects such as God, creation, Jesus, the Bible, death, and prayer and are free to do so. However, Unitarian Universalists are united in their beliefs that all people are inherently worthy and should be treated fairly, that we should work for a peaceful and free world, and that we should respect the Earth and all living beings. These beliefs are consistent with the seven principles that Unitarian Universalist congregations have agreed to affirm.

Remember that our UU principles are merely a guide for the stories and activities we plan to share in our RE program. We don't want our children to memorize these words. We want our children to experience the loving spirit of these messages.

Principle 1

The UUA version:  The inherent worth and dignity of every person

A children's version:  We believe that each and every person is important

Loving actions (from the Rainbow Path):  Respect every person - yourself and others (red)

Principle 2

The UUA version:  Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations

A children's version:  We believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly

Loving actions (from the Rainbow Path):  Offer fair and kind treatment for all (orange)


Principle 3

The UUA version:  Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth for our congregations

A children's version:  We believe that we should accept one another and keep on learning together

Loving actions (from the Rainbow Path):  Grow by exploring ideas and values together (green)

Principle 4

The UUA version:  A free and responsible search for truth and meaning

A children's version:  We believe that each and every person must be free to search for what is true and right in life

Loving actions (from the Rainbow Path):  Yearn to learn throughout life (yellow)

Principle 5

The UUA version:  The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and society at large

A children's version:  We believe that the "voice" of each person must be respected as we all work together for a common good

Loving actions (from the Rainbow Path):  Believe in the value of each "voice" as we work together (blue)

Principle 6

The UUA version: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all

A children's version:  We believe in working for a peaceful, fair and free world

Loving actions (from the Rainbow Path):  Insist on peace, freedom and justice for all (indigo)

Principle 7

The UUA version:  Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

A children's version:  We believe in caring for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things

Loving actions (from the Rainbow Path):  Value our connections to nature (violet)

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