UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM We the member congregations of th Unitarian Universalist Associatio

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UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM We the member congregations of th Unitarian Universalist Association, 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 of spiritual growth in our congregations; * A fre 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 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 womwn 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 spirituallife; * 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 mind and spirit. Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches aand enobles 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. PURPOSES The Unitarian Universalist Association shall devote its resources to and exercise its corporate power for for religious, educational and humanitarian purposes. The primary purpose of the Association is to serve the needs of its member congrgations, organize new congregations, extend and strengthen Unitarian Universalist institutions, and implement its principles. (Adopted as a Bylaw by the 1984 and 1985 General Assemblies.)

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