What We Believe

Unitarian Universalism is born from Jewish and Christian traditions, but has room for many beliefs.

We hold

  • personal experience, reason, and conscience as the final religious authorities
  • ethical living as the ultimate witness of religion.

We pledge with other Unitarian Universalists to follow Seven Principles.

  • 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 congregation 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.

St. John's Mission Statement

St. John’s is committed to creating a safe and caring community, working for
peace and social justice and celebrating beliefs that respect freedom of thought.

From our individual consciences, from commitment to our gathered
community and from our tradition of democratic process, we make these

• to respect one another's individual religious expression

• to encourage and promote the healing, transforming power of music, art
and literature in worship and in our lives

• to provide a church school of excellence for our children and to integrate
them into the worship and social community of the church

• to provide lifespan learning opportunities for emotional, intellectual and
spiritual growth

• to support advocacy and outreach into the community beyond St. John's

• to work diligently for justice, peace, and equity through nonviolent means
locally and throughout the world

• to affirm our interdependence in the web of life, and to foster healing
relationships with the earth and with all earth's children.

We honor our shared values through word and deed. We endeavor to
uphold and promote these principles: acceptance of one another; religious
diversity and tolerance, social justice, equity and compassion; concern for
children and families; the uplifting power of music, art and literature; and the
transforming capacity of love.

We have covenanted with other congregations to support the Principles of
the Unitarian Universalist Association. So do we covenant with one another to
sustain our religious community in order to promote individual spiritual growth,
with caring and concern for one another that we might help to make a positive
difference in the world.

Covenant adopted November 23, 1998, and amended April 27, 2008.
Mission adopted June 6, 2004, and amended April 27, 2008.

To learn more about Unitarian Universalism, visit the Unitarian Universalists Association website.

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