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Unitarian Universalist principles and sources of faith

Unitarian Universalism is a caring, open-minded religion which encourages seekers to find their own spiritual path.

Our faith draws on many religious sources, welcoming people with different beliefs. We are united by shared values, not by creed or dogma. Our congregations are places where we gather to nurture our spirits and put our faith into action by helping to make our communities — and the world — a better place. 

We are also a theologically diverse religion in which members support one another in our search for truth and meaning.  We have historic roots in the Jewish and Christian traditions, but today individual Unitarian Universalists may identify as atheist, agnostic, Buddhist, humanist,  pagan, or with other philosophical or religious traditions. 

As members of a non-creedal religious tradition, we Unitarian Universalists are encouraged to discern our own beliefs about different spiritual topics. We promote reason and tolerance in our communities and embrace a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.

There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations 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.

Unitarian Universalism (UU) 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 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. 

These principles and sources of faith are the backbone of our religious community.

The Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (the spelling is purported to be of Native American origin) is very active in local interdenominational programs, such as Loaves and Fishes and Pagosa Outreach Connection.  Services are held at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, Unit B-15, Greenbriar Plaza. Turn east on Greenbriar Drive off of North Pagosa Boulevard by the fire station, then left into the back parking lot and look for the big sign.  All are welcome.