We believe that:
We are engaged in a quest for the ideals we will follow throughout our lives.
Everyone has the right to seek truth and meaning for themselves, and so there is no creed or doctrine for Unitarians to follow.
We must provide an atmosphere where our beliefs, doubts, and questions are all fully valued.
We unite to celebrate and affirm sacred values that embrace and reflect a greater reality than self.
We afford respect and acceptance to those who follow different paths of faith.
We share many values (such as love, compassion, and humility) with each other but not necessarily beliefs about spirituality or God.
You might find it interesting, now, to read an example of the diversity of perspectives among Unitarians by reading several personal views of the Bible. (Unitarians in the USA, who published this article, are called Unitarian Universalists, or UUs, for historical reasons .)
However, our diversity of views goes far beyond a discussion about aspects of the Christian Bible. Among Unitarians, you will find people who have Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Humanist, Buddhist, Pagan, Agnostic and Atheist perspectives. What a wonderful place to learn how such a diverse group meets the modern world and creates a community together.
An important note on the words we use in talking about belief
Most Unitarians meet in churches, but in many ways they are different from typical Christian churches. If you attend a Unitarian church you will find the ideas expressed by the minister, the congregation and the music will be about how to live a more harmonious and compassionate life drawing on the spiritual teachings of Unitarians and people of other religious and non-religious backgrounds.
Reading our materials or attending our services, you will find that we embrace many words and concepts borrowed from Christianity and other faith groups including:
Wonder, Love, Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Justice, Reverence, Compassion, and Humility
But there are some words that we rarely use including:
Hell, Fear, Salvation, Messiah, Liturgy, Sin, Adoration. Dogma or Creed.
It seems impossible to talk about ‘spiritual’ topics in English without using the vocabulary from our past. Frankly, some of these words (like faith, belief, Christianity, or even God) resonate quite badly for those who have had an unfortunate experience with other religious groups. In wanting to learn more about our faith, we hope that you will understand the substance of our message and not be too concerned about some of the words we may use.