Unitarian Universalist Principles
The First Universalist Society in Franklin is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and part of the Ballou Channing District in New England.
Our spiritual faith is guided by the Seven Unitarian Universalist Principles.
- 1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- 2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
- 3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- 4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- 5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- 6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- 7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
The Principles are not dogma or doctrine, but UU congregations view them as strong values and moral guides. To quote the Unitarian Universalist Association, “We live out these Principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from href=”http://www.uua.org/beliefs/what-we-believe/sources”>sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience.” (http://www.uua.org/beliefs/what-we-believe/principles)
History of the UUA
Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religious tradition that was formed from the consolidation of two religions: Unitarianism and Universalism. In America, the Universalist Church of America was founded in 1793, and the American Unitarian Association in 1825. After consolidating in 1961, these faiths became the new religion of Unitarian Universalism through the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Both religions have long histories and have contributed important theological concepts that remain central to Unitarian Universalism. To learn more about the history of Unitarian Universalism, please see the pamphlet, “Unitarian Universalist Origins: Our Historic Faith.”
Since the merger of the two denominations in 1961, Unitarian Universalism has nurtured its Unitarian and Universalist heritages to provide a strong voice for social justice and liberal religion. Our congregation continues this legacy by supporting important causes on the local and national levels. We are a welcoming congregation and send delegates to the UUA’s General Assembly every year.