Unitarian Universalist Beliefs

Unitarians believe in the freedom of religious expression, the acceptance of differing ideas, the search for truth and the authority of reason.

We see no fundamental conflict between faith and knowledge, religion and the world, the sacred and the secular.

We affirm the worth and dignity of every human being and the animating force of love which always seeks to help and to heal.

Our Vision Statement

The Unitarian Congregation adopted our Vision Statement in June 1993.

We, the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga, are a non-creedal community of religious liberals. We aspire to:

Support and enrich each individual's search for truth and meaning, drawing on a variety of religious traditions and continually exploring new ideas.

Celebrate diversity while respecting the individual, within a caring and supportive environment.

Nurture intellectual, emotional and spiritual learning experiences for people of all ages.

Foster an ethically challenging spirit, with commitment to improving the quality of living, and promoting social justice, locally and globally.

Engender respect for the interconnected web of all existence and, with faith in the future, treasure the sense of mystery, wonder and beauty in the universe.

Our Seven Principles

We, the member congregations of the Canadian Unitarian Council, covenant to 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.

The Sources of our Faith

The living tradition which 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 neighbours 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-centred traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As free congregations we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support.

 


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