We draw on many sacred and secular sources for inspiration. Unitarian Universalists believe that the light of truth shines through the many different rainbow colors of our diverse experience and perspectives. As a result "the truth" appears to be different to each of us and that's a fine (if sometimes challenging) thing. These sources have been described officially as:
- 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.
Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote seven Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. We live out these Principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience. The seven principles and these sources of faith are the backbone of our religious community.
"We need not think alike to love alike." Francis David, Unitarian theologian, Transylvania, 1568
"There is yet more truth and light to break forth." Rev. John Robinson to the pilgrims as they prepared to leave Holland for the New World in 1620