What do we believe?

images034N2T9QClayton Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church

Mission Statement:  CMUU – Thinking, Loving, Serving

334 Clayton Memorial Church Road

Newberry, SC  29108

 

 

 

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;7458_558535980871231_409283878_n
  • 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.

Explore each principle in greater depth, with examples from our faith, worship and religious education resources, and Unitarian Universalist perspectives:

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1st Principle:  Each person is important.
2nd Principle:  Be kind in all you do.
3rd Principle:  We’re free to learn together.
4th Principle:  We search for what is true.
5th Principle:  All people need a voice.
6th Principle:  Build a fair and peaceful world.
7th Principle:  We care for the Earth.

 

 

Typical Unison Affirmation

 

 We affirm that love is our greatest purpose.
Accepting one another is the truest form of faithful living.
The search for truth is our constant star.
We pledge our hearts, minds, and hands:
To challenge injustice with courage;
To find hope in times of fear;
And to live out our Unitarian Universalist values every day as a beloved community.
Thus do we covenant with each other and with all that is sacred in life.