First Unitarian Church of Baltimore

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Unitarian Universalism is a liberal, creedless religion with roots in Christianity. Like other UU churches, First Unitarian Church of Baltimore welcomes everyone--those with faith and those without.  Here, you are invited take your own personal spiritual path, asking questions and exploring a variety of ways to be religious.  Personal experience, conscience and reason are the final authorities in religion, because religious authority cannot be found in one book, person or institution. It is found in ourselves.

Ours is a free religion, where we affirm the worth and dignity of all people, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, abilities and faith.  And we uphold the free search for truth, unbound by a statement of belief. Religious wisdom is ever changing. Therefore, we celebrate unfolding truths known to teachers, prophets and sages throughout the ages.

We are compelled to act as a moral force in the world, believing that ethical living is the supreme witness of religion. We know that justice, equity and compassion should govern our relationships with one another, with diverse peoples, races and nations.

We affirm and promote 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 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.

The Living Tradition that 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 that 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 that celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

For more information about Unitarian Universalism, visit the Unitarian Universalist Association website.

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