Who Are We?
We may be humanist, Christian, Buddhist, atheist, Pagan, Muslim, or without any label at all. We welcome persons of all religious viewpoints. In fact, we thrive on diversity of all kinds: ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, race. Unitarian Universalists are bound together not by shared beliefs or creeds but by shared values – seven principles simply and profoundly stated:
We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:
- 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.
Each Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association, yet each congregation is a self-governing community. Alternatively called a church, a society, or a fellowship, each congregation adopts its own bylaws, elects its own officers, approves its own budget, and either ordains its own minister or is lay led. Congregations can be small – fewer than 20 members – or large – more than a thousand members. See the list of member congregations for links to information about the 54 congregations making up the Mass Bay District, one of 19 such districts of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Explore this website, but better yet, visit a congregation and engage in conversations with its members and minister. Experience firsthand and for yourself a community of Unitarian Universalists.
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