First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church • 330 First Parish Rd, Scituate MA

About Unitarian Universalism

Unitarian Universalism offers diverse ways of connecting with the sacred

By welcoming the wisdom found in many scriptures, we share a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality. UUs hold seven Principles as moral values—not dogma or doctrine. 
You need not renounce your current beliefs to take part in our services.

What is a UU?

With its historical roots in the Jewish and Christian traditions, Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion -- that is, a religion that keeps an open mind to the religious questions people have struggled with in all times and places. We believe that personal experience, conscience and reason should be the final authorities in religion, and that in the end religious authority lies not in a book or person or institution, but in ourselves. We are a non-creedal religion: that is, we do not ask anyone to accept one Truth or subscribe to a common set of beliefs.

Theologically, UU ministers are as diverse as Unitarian Universalism—among our ministers you will find a variety of spiritualities and many different beliefs about the sacred.

Our congregations are self-governing. Authority and responsibility are vested in the membership of the congregation. Worship is held regularly, the insights of the past and the present are shared with those who will create the future, service to the community is undertaken, and friendships are made. A visitor to a UU congregation will very likely find events and activities such as church school and adult religious education, spirituality forums, community support groups, social justice volunteering of many kinds, family social events, and advocacy for sustainable living.

The Seven UU Principles and Sources

Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote seven Principles, which are a guide, not dogma or doctrine. 
We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:
  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.


The living tradition which 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 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.


Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles 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.