What We Believe
Unitarian Universalism’s approach to belief is that spiritual and ethical values should fit individuals, rather than fitting everyone into the same religious mold. We have no single religious text or creed to which you must agree. Rather, we draw from the world’s wisdom traditions and the words and lives of people who have brought beauty, justice, tolerance, and freedom into being.
“UUs” often say that the whole world is our sacred text, including the natural world itself. This embrace of diverse sources of wisdom means our community is replete with an exciting diversity of perspectives and belief, leaving us richer than any of us could be on our own.
We believe each person has a share of the truth and we need one another to grow whole. We welcome young and old, families and singles, all the colors and cultures of the human race–gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning and straight. UUCB is an official UUA Welcoming Congregation. You are welcome here!
Worship is central to the life of this community. The Sunday service lifts us out of our daily routines and helps us live our UU principles in the week ahead. Throughout the week, members gather together in Chalice Circles to share the experience of worship and spiritual exploration in small groups. Because it is non-creedal and draws its inspiration from many sources, Unitarian Universalism is a chosen faith for many people who identify as Buddhist, Humanist, Christian, Jewish and others.
The Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism
There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote:
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- 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;
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Learn more about the history and theory of the seven principles on the site of the UUA.
The Seven Principles for Kids
Unitarian Universalists have many ways of articulating our seven Principles in simpler language. Here’s the way our Tapestry of Faith children’s programs describe them:
- We believe that each and every person is important.
- We believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly.
- We believe that we should accept one another and keep on learning together.
- We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.
- We believe that all persons should have 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.