Our Beliefs

Unitarian Universalism affirms and promotes seven Principles, grounded in humanistic teachings of the world’s religions. They are:

  • 1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  • 2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  • 3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  • 4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  • 5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  • 6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  • 7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

These principles guide us, and are part of who we are at Albany UU. We also believe that spirituality is wide and unlimited. It can be drawn from many sources, including scripture and science, nature and philosophy, personal experience and ancient tradition as described in our six sources.

We believe that people of all ages have gifts, as well as abilities they seek to discover, develop and bring to life. Each person also shares core human values, affirmed by most major religions, that guide our moral action. The combination of our unique talents and our common values makes for a vibrant community that contributes to each person’s growth and development.

No test of faith or belief is required here. Believers and unbelievers alike share the same row of seats on Sunday mornings. We, both individually, and in small groups, seek truth and greater meaning, and share what we find. We don’t believe it is necessary to share the same beliefs; we need not think alike to love alike.

The diversity of our community is essential to our religious path. We grow, develop and serve better when we are with people who are not exactly like us. Our ability to share common values with those who share different beliefs is crucial to the community we seek to build in the Capital Region, in New York, in the United States of America, and in the wider world.

Social Responsibility

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