At UUCP, we are Unitarian Universalists, people of many backgrounds who have different beliefs, but shared values. Together, we offer a guided path towards a better you and a better world. Get to know more about UUism in this short animated video from the Unitarian Universalist Association. If you’d like some more background on UUism, please read about the Principles and Sources of Unitarian Universalism. When you’re ready, you can explore how we experience UUism at UUCP.

We Are Unitarian Universalists

Copyright and Text Unitarian Universalist Association
Animator—Elliott Cennamo
Voiceover—Stephanie Carey Maron

Principles and Sources

There are seven Principles that Unitarian Universalist congregations 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

Unitarian Universalism 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 people 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

The 8th Principle

At the annual congregation meeting in on June 13, 2021, the members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix unanimously voted to adopt the 8th Principle:

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse, multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and in our institutions.

Ready to learn more? Discover what Unitarian Universalism looks like at UUCP.