It has been said that “tolerance” is a Unitarian Universalist value, but let’s not let this be true.
Tolerance is being permissive. It is allowing other people to be themselves as long as it doesn’t interfere with your right to be yourself. It is more than some people seem capable of, but it is too low a bar.
Unitarian Universalism asks us to honor others for their inherent worth and dignity; to value them for being their authentic selves. We work for acceptance and love, and that requires us to go far beyond tolerating others.
Just as peace isn’t the same as justice, tolerance isn’t the same as acceptance, and we should strive for the greater good.