What We Believe

 The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of DeKalb (UUCD) welcomes you. We are a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Unitarian Universalism (UU) is a theologically diverse religion defined not by any dogmas or creed but by core moral principles, openness to diverse sources of inspiration, and an active commitment to social justice. 

At UUCD you will find diversity of belief among our members including agnostics, atheists, Christians, Muslims, humanists, Jews, Native Americans of different tribal heritages, pagans, Wiccans, and other searchers. Together we covenant to practice respectful communication and support each person in their search for truth and meaning, building connections, renewing their spirit and working for justice. 

What unites all Unitarian Universalists as a religious community is that we affirm and promote:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement of spiritual growth
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process with our congregation and our 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 Unitarian Universalist faith draws from six sources:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life.
  4. Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

What inspires you? Bring your ideas and inspirations to UUCD—you'll find others who'll listen and may even share your enthusiasm. From motorcycling to gardening to deep philosophical pondering, UUs take inspiration from all parts of life, share their discoveries in trust, and learn from one another.

For more information, visit Beliefs and Principles in Unitarian Universalism.

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