Despite what many seem to think, Unitarian Universalism has Theology. We have been handed a stable and lasting foundation on which we each build our own spiritual life. Within the wide boundaries of the 7 Principles our congregations have agreed to and on top of the 5 Smooth Stones, there is a lot of room to build your personal theology. We still have clear boundaries for what is acceptable as a Unitarian Universalist.
It is up to you, ultimately, to build the important things; your relationships with the community and the divine. Unitarian Universalism provides a wide range of materials and tools to choose from when constructing your faith, and words and symbols with which to decorate it. It can be wide and encompassing, tall and aspirational, or deep and introspective in almost any proportions. It does not need to look like the theology of the person in the pew next to you, and indeed, there must be variations if it is truly your own.
We offer freedom, but that freedom is necessarily coupled to responsibility. We offer encouragement, but always towards growth, even when it makes you uncomfortable. In short: being a Unitarian Universalist takes work.
We don’t hand you answers; we love asking the questions to inspire contemplation, and then walking together as we each find our own answers, each searching for our ownn truth and meaning, together, side by side. To choose to be part of a Unitarian Universalist community is to choose to take responsibility for your own development, and to aid others as they do the same. While we are all on our own journey, we never have to travel alone.
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