Unitarian Principles

The Seven Unitarian Principles for Kids

  1. Every person is important and valuable.
  2. All people should be treated fairly.
  3. We should accept one another and keep learning together.
  4. Each person is free to search for what is true and right.
  5. All persons should have a voice in the things which concern them.
  6. We work for a peaceful, fair and free world.
  7. We take care of the earth, the home we share with all living things.

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The list above – copied with format intact from the Children & Youth Programs page of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver (UCV) website – is derived from the CUC wording of the seven principles displayed on the UCV Shared Values page:

We, the member congregations of the Canadian Unitarian Council, covenant to 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.

And this covenant to affirm and promote the seven principles is accompanied there by a CUC-endorsed list of six sources:

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 neighbours 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-centred traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.


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