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The church is founded on Unitarian Universalism, and the core principles guide all of the programs that they host. The faith is focused on the “Seven Principles”, which “supports the free and responsible search for truth and meaning”1 . In an interview with Minister Ruth MacKenzie, Ruth spoke to the idea that people often think that Unitarian Universalism can be anything they want. “That is not true”, she says. Due to the principles that guide the faith, there is “no way to hold that central principle” and perform certain actions such as murder, while holding the belief that everyone has inherent worth and dignity. These principles are not dogma, but a guide to help followers adhere to the religion.2 .
Unitarian Universalist Association: Principles, http://www.uua.org/beliefs/what-we-believe/principles ↩
Ruth MacKenzie, Interview by Emily Perlman, April 17, 2016.
As Unitarian Universalist Rev. Barbara Wells ten Hove said “The Principles are not dogma or doctrine, but rather a guide for those of us who choose to join and participate in Unitarian Universalist religious communities.”1
The Seven Principles:
1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Unitarian Universalist Association: Principles. http://www.uua.org/beliefs/what-we-believe/principles. ↩