What is a Unitarian Universalist ("UU") ?

Find out about us, our beliefs, and our guiding principles

What is a UU?

Unitarian Universalism is a big faith, one that embraces a diversity of background and belief. Here your conscience, your experience, and your identity matter. We affirm seven principles, the first of which is a deep recognition of each person’s inherent dignity and worth. We put our faith into action through social and environmental justice work in our communities and the wider world.

Unitarian Universalists (UUs) identify with and draw inspiration from Atheism and Agnosticism, Buddhism, Christianity, Humanism, Judaism, Earth-Centered Traditions, Hinduism, Islam, and more. Many UUs have grown up in these traditions—some have grown up with no religion at all.

For further information, we invite you to explore the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations website or come visit us for a service at the UUGSB!

Here your conscience, your experience, and your identity matter.

Beliefs and Values

Today, Unitarian Universalism is a non-creedal faith which allows each Unitarian Universalists the freedom to search for truth on many paths. While our congregations uphold shared principles, individuals may discern their own beliefs about spiritual, ethical, and theological issues.

“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 UU Seven Principles

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)