Our Beliefs

“The world is our sacred text.” – Rev. Denis Letourneau Paul

The UUFKC is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations.

Every Sunday the congregation affirms its faith which is built on seven principles and drawn from the world’s great spiritual and humanist sources.

Affirmation of Faith

Love is the doctrine of this church,
the quest of truth is its sacrament,
and service is its prayer.
To dwell together in peace,
to seek knowledge in freedom,
to serve humankind,
to the end that all souls shall grow in harmony
with the divine,
Thus do we covenant with each other.

Principles

There are seven principles which 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.

Our Sources

Unitarian Universalism (UU) 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.

These principles and sources of faith are the backbone of our religious community.

Are My Beliefs Welcome?

Answer from the Unitarian Universalist Association website

Unitarian Universalism welcomes people with diverse beliefs. There is a rich dialogue in our congregations about many spiritual topics. Below are some topics that newcomers are often curious about.

  • Spiritual Practice and Prayer
  • Existence of a Higher Power
  • Life and Death
  • Inspiration and Guidance
  • Sacred Texts

In addition to holding different beliefs on spiritual topics, individual Unitarian Universalists may also identify with and draw inspiration from Atheism and Agnosticism, Buddhism, Christianity, Humanism, Judaism, Paganism, and other religious or philosophical traditions.

Right Relations Covenant

Many Unitarian Universalist congregations have adopted statements of Beloved Community or Right Relations Covenants.  We adopted our Right Relations Covenant at our annual meeting in 2008.  It describes and guides us in how we treat each other within our fellowship.