About our Faith

ABOUT OUR FAITH

Please visit www.uuac-sherborn.org for more information about our church.

IN BRIEF

Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal religion that has no dogma or creedal test in order to join. We come from the free church tradition, and are governed exclusively by our members. We believe that there are many paths to Truth, and that revelation is never sealed; that the divine cannot be contained in one religious tradition or book. Our historic Unitarian and Universalist theologies remind us of two very important truths: that we come from the same source, and we are fated to the same destination. As such, our lives are bound up in one another’s lives. We strive to live into Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of Beloved Community not just in our churches, but in the world. Though you will find a wide variety of theological beliefs within our walls, our shared profession of faith is not in our words, but in our deeds.

Our Principles and Purposes
Unitarian Universalist Principles and Sources We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:

  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to 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.

The living tradition which we share 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.

Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As free congregations we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support.

Historical Affirmations of our Unitarian Universalist Faith

  1. That there is in each person a spark of the divine.
  2. That relevant and meaningful statements of belief are personal statements.
  3. That all human beings can hope for salvation.
  4. That God is a unity as opposed to a trinity.
  5. That truth grows and changes.
  6. That people should be free to judge whether or not to accept the pronouncements of the church.
  7. That a broadly inclusive tolerance in religion is preferable to an enforced uniformity.
  8. That religious assertions must be reasonable if they are to be accepted as valid.
  9. That doubt can help to winnow the truth from untruth.
  10. That a person must develop a trusting reliance on him/herself and his/her own capacity to make sensible life-improving choices.
  11. That religion ought to be concerned primarily with this life.
  12. That answers to questions, solutions to problems, and comfort from discomfort – to have any real or lasting effect – must come from within a person not from the outside.
  13. That God is in the world, not outside the world.
  14. That suffering is a part of Life, not punishment for a way of living.
  15. That religious literature offers symbolic, rather than literal, truth.
  16. That religion ought not to involve only ritual, but also reflection and action for goodness.

–Rev. Roy Phillips

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