The foundation of the Spiritual Guidance Program is based on the principles of Unitarian Universalism, a liberal religion characterized by a “free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” Individual Unitarian Universalists (UUs) may identify with and draw inspiration from many different religious or philosophical traditions. You do not need to be UU to participate in this program. We welcome people with diverse beliefs.
Unitarian Universalists hold a set of seven Principles as strong values and moral teachings. We draw our inspiration from the Sources of our Living Tradition.
The Seven Principles
- 1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- 2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
- 3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- 4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- 5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- 6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- 7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Sources of Our Living Tradition
- 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.
Startup funding for this program was paid in part through a grant from the Unitarian Universalist Funding Program through the Fund for Unitarian Universalism.