Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hidalgo County

1401 South Nebraska, San Juan, Texas 78589
Email:  fellowship@uufhc.org

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Seven Principles

There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations 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
UU History

The congregations we know today as Unitarian Universalist fellowships are quite new in the history of religions.  The denomination was founded in 1961, formed by the joining of two separate institutions which had already been in existence for most of the history of the United States: the Unversalist Church of America (orig. 1793) and the American Unitarian Association (orig. 1825).

The new organization codified its Principles (at left) in Article II of its Bylaws.  The version at left reflects the draft approved in 1985; the General Assembly is currently considering possible minor changes to the wording of these principles.
UU Sources

The living tradition we share 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
These principles and sources of faith are the backbone of our religious community.