69 Silver Street

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(207) 873-4006

Universalist Unitarian Church of Waterville, Maine

    

Sunday Service at 10 am

Online during the pandemic  

        

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What do Unitarian Universalists believe?

by David O. Rankin


We believe in the...

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  • Freedom of religious expression.  All individuals should be encouraged to develop their own personal theologies, and to present openly their religious opinions without fear of censure or reprisal. 
  • Toleration of religious ideas.  All religions, in every age and culture, possess not only intrinsic merit, but also potential value for those who have learned the art of listening.
  • Authority of reason and conscience. The ultimate arbiter in religion is not a church, nor a document, nor an official, but the personal choice and decision of the individual.
  • Never-ending search for Truth.  If the mind and heart are truly free and open, the revelations that appear to the human spirit are infinitely numerous, eternally fruitful, and wondrously exciting.
  • Unity of experience. There is no fundamental conflict between faith and knowledge, religion and the world, the sacred and the secular, since they all have their source in the same reality.
  • Worth and dignity of each human being. All people on earth have an equal claim to life, liberty, and justice--and no idea, ideal, or philosophy is superior to a single human life.
  • Ethical application of religion.  Good works are the natural product of a good faith, the evidence of an inner grace that finds completion in social and community involvement.
  • Motive force of love.  The governing principle in human relationships is the principle of love, which always seeks the welfare of others and never seeks to hurt or destroy.
  • Necessity of the democratic process.  Records are open to scrutiny, elections are open to members, and ideas are open to crticism--so that people might govern themselves.
  • Importance of a religious community.  The validation of experience requires the confirmation of peers, who provide a critical platform along with a network of mutual support.

To learn more about Unitarian Universalism, please visit  the Unitarian Universalist Association website.