Beliefs and Values

In Unitarian Universalism, you can bring your whole self: your full identity, your questioning mind, your expansive heart.

Together, we create a force more powerful than one person or one belief system. As Unitarian Universalists, we do not have to check our personal background and beliefs at the door: we join together on a journey that honors everywhere we’ve been before.

Our beliefs are diverse and inclusive. We have no shared creed. Our shared covenant (our seven Principles) supports “the free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” Though Unitarianism and Universalism were both liberal Christian traditions, this responsible search has led us to embrace diverse teachings from Eastern and Western religions and philosophies.

Unitarian Universalists believe more than one thing. We think for ourselves, and reflect together, about important questions:

We are united in our broad and inclusive outlook, and in our values, as expressed in our seven Principles. We are united in shared experience: our open and stirring worship services, religious education, and rites of passage; our work for social justice; our quest to include the marginalized; our expressions of love.

The UU Seven Principals

Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote seven Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. We live out these Principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience.

As Rev. Barbara Wells ten Hove explains, “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.”


The Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA’s) seven principles express the shared values that UUA congregations affirm and promote:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person.  (Each person is important)
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations.  (Be kind in all you do)
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.  (We’re free to learn together)
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.  (We search for what is true)
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.  (All people need a voice)
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.  (Build a fair and peaceful world)
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.  (We care for the Earth)