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Our Beliefs

Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote these seven principles:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person

  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations

  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations

  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning

  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large

  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all

  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

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Unitarian Universalism draws from many sources:

  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life

  • Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love

  • Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life

  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves

  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit

  • Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

The above principles and sources of faith are the foundations of our beliefs.


Our church has adopted the following as statements of its vision, mission and ministry:

Vision

  • To nurture spirit and service

Mission

  • To keep our commitment to the seven principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association

  • To act upon these principles through a caring and friendly religious community for persons of all ages and diverse religious views

  • To promote spiritual growth and the quest for truth

  • To promote humanitarian aims and actions within the larger community

  • To build our covenant with fellow Unitarian Universalist Congregations

Ministry

The purpose of our Church is to maintain a covenanted community based on liberal religious values. We strive toward this goal by:

  • Providing religious services of worship and celebration

  • Welcoming each seeker of truth into responsible participation

  • Facilitating the creative use of religious freedom as well as respect for differences

  • Ministering to persons in their everyday problems of life

  • Reasoning about life’s meanings and society’s ethical dimensions

  • Promoting racial and social justice

  • Supporting the purpose and programs of the Unitarian Universalist Association

  • Inspiring awareness of, and cooperation with, the harmony of nature

  • Encouraging intercultural understanding and efforts toward world peace


The Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua, NH, has an excellent online publication, 100 Questions that Non-Members Ask about Unitarian Universalism, which contains answers to many questions about UU beliefs. The publication can be viewed online and also downloaded in PDF format.


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