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