The Seven Principles

You may have commandments; I have principles. Okay, you probably have principles, too. But I have OFFICIAL principles! As described by the Unitarian Universalist Association, we as UUs believe in:

1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person

2. Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations

3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement [of]* spiritual growth in our congregations

4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning

5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large

6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all

7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

*This is the editor in me, though the UUA has not asked my opinion on the matter and an entire committee would have to meet for two years to determine whether they should ask for anyone's opinion anyway - as written, the principle actually reads "...encouragement to spiritual growth..." and that's grammatically incorrect. You could say "...encouragement to spiritually grow..." but otherwise the "to" is inherently wrong. Hey, Moses probably wouldn't be interested in my opinion of the grammar of the Ten Commandments, either. 

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