Here at UUCC we are grounded in the values of Unitarian Universalism. These values guide us in building the practical aspects of our community, our spiritual lives, and in our social justice work. Although our members have many different faith backgrounds and affiliations, as a community we have affirmed the following UU Principles, Sources, and The Five Smooth Stones, as well as our shared grounding (below), which we wrote to help articulate why it is that we are doing what we are doing.
Our Shared Grounding:
As a community of faith and hope, we affirm these shared values and are guided by them in shaping both our daily lives and our larger vision.
1. UU Heritage and Tradition
Unitarian Universalism can and should be a relevant, transformative religion in our larger world. By honoring where we have come from and recognizing that we are a part of something larger than ourselves, we connect ourselves to rituals, ancestors, and histories that support us in times of need and inspire our work today.
We live our values better by living in community. We are nourished, supported, challenged, held, and loved in community. Through cooperative ownership and cooperative living, we reflect our belief that we are interconnected in more ways than we can know. When we come together in cooperation and intentional community, we nurture those fragile, life-sustaining strands of the web that weaves our lives together.
Each person has worth and valuable insight that they bring to community, and we believe that every person has a right to have a say and influence decisions that affect their lives. We know that we come to better decisions together than we would on our own, and therefore we take the time to listen carefully to each person’s voice. Our members also manage our organization in shared decision-making for both the organization and their living communities.
4. Healing the World
The world contains profound hurt, suffering, and brokenness on an individual and societal level. Because our human actions have profound effects on our world, we are called to be agents of healing through acts of justice, solidarity, compassion, and witness.
5. Hope & Faith
We have faith and hope that a better world is possible. We choose to live into that faith in a better world by building community in response to a world that separates us in big and small ways. Through creative, faithful action, we respond to the world’s pain with faith and hope in each other, and in the possibility of positive change.
6. Continuous Revelation & Social Change
We are always learning and growing, and revelation is not sealed. Living in community allows us opportunities to encounter and experience another’s truth, to practice forgiveness, and to grow our own understanding of the diversity of human experiences and make our lives richer, deeper, fuller, and more beautiful because of it.
We trust that our imperfect humanity is enough to flourish in community. In an economy based on scarcity and competition, we believe in an abundance of love, healing, forgiveness, and justice. When those seeds are nurtured and we share what we have, beauty beyond our imagination can grow and thrive.
8. Spiritual Practice
We know that individual and shared spiritual growth contributes to the larger whole. Some of our most profound moments have been in times of struggle when we have leaned on spiritual practice to support our community. We value the ineffable, the sacredness of relationship, the awe and the magic that happen when people come together.
We know that we are deeply relational beings, and we gather in community to share our own life’s journeys. We believe that love is at the center of that journey. Cooperative community is based in shared agreements of how to be in relationship, and covenant is the tool we use to be in intentional relationship.
We know that we are a part of an interdependent system. Living in community allows us to better share resources of time, energy, food, space, and material goods. In response to a profit-driven economy, we seek to create alternative, sustainable ways of living, and we are committed to living in healthy relationship with the natural world and with one another.
In addition to our shared grounding, we have also affirmed the following principles, sources, and theology as foundational to who we are as a community of faith.
The Seven UU 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
The Six 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 Five Smooth Stones of Liberal Religion
- Continuous Revelation – Our religious tradition is a living tradition because we are always learning new truths.
- Covenant – We freely choose to enter into relationship with one another.
- Justice – Religious liberalism affirms the moral obligation to direct one’s effort toward the establishment of a just and loving community. It is this which makes the role of the prophet central and indispensable in liberalism.
- Agency – Good things don’t just happen, people make them happen.
- Hope – Liberalism holds that the resources (divine and human) that are available for the achievement of meaningful change justify an attitude of ultimate optimism.