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The merger between Unitarianism and Universalism happened in 1961. 2011 was the 50th anniversary of UUism!
Faith development is all we do.
Unitarian Universalism is all we teach.
The congregation is the curriculum.
The Four Agreements, as written by Don Miguel Ruiz, are as follows:
Be Impeccable With Your Word.
Don't Take Anything Personally.
Don't Make Assumptions.
Always Do Your Best.
FIVE Smooth Stones
Theologian James Luther Adams defined the "five smooth stones of liberalism" as:
Revelation and truth are not closed, but constantly revealed.
All relations between persons ought ideally to rest on mutual, free consent and not coercion.
Affirmation of the moral obligation to direct one's effort toward the establishment of a just and loving community.
Denial of the immaculate conception of virtue and affirmation of the necessity of social incarnation. Good must be consciously given form and power within history.
The resources (divine and human) that are available for achievement of meaningful change justify an attitude of ultimate (but not necessarily immediate) optimism. There is hope in the ultimate abundance of the Universe.
Unitarian Universalism draws from many sources:
Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life.
Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.
Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life
Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves.
Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.
Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
We covenant to affirm and promote:
The inherent worth and dignity of each 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.
More Info and Resources on Unitarian Universalism
Unitarian Universalist Association
Unitarian Universalism on Wikipedia
UU World Magazine
Church of the Larger Fellowship
"He drew a circle to shut me out,
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win;
We drew a circle that took him in." ~Edwin Markham
"You need not think alike to love alike." ~Francis David
"Church is a place where you get to practice what it means to be human." ~James Luther Adams
"We Unitarian Universalists have inherited a magnificent theological legacy. In a sweeping answer to creeds that divide the human family, Unitarianism proclaims that we spring from a common source; Universalism, that we share a common destiny." ~Forrest Church
"To be a liberal according to my favorite scripture, Merriam-Webster, is be open minded, is to be free from the constraints of dogmatism and authority, is to be generous and to believe in the basic goodness of humankind. Religion is defined as that which binds us back or reconnects us to that which is ultimately important. Thus religious liberals are those that are connected, through generosity and openness, to the most important aspects of life. And there in lies the challenge. If we are open minded and not bound by authority who or what decides those matters of ultimate importance?" ~Unitarian Universalist Minister Kimi Riegel