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Declaration of principles

We, the people who have voluntary joined together in the Unitarian Universalist Forum, will do our best to advocate:

  • the esteem of the indefeasible value and dignity every human being holds by his mere humanity
  • justice, fairness and compassionate solidarity as the base for all human relations
  • mutual acceptance and encouragement of human, intellectual and spiritual growth within our community
  • universal human rights and individual freedom
  • a free individual quest for meaning and values based on tolerance and responsibility
  • freedom of conscience and the appliance of democratic processes within our community as well as society as a whole
  • the ambition of a peaceful, solidly united, emancipated open society we would like to see realized on a global scale
  • respect for the mutual dependence and networked universe of being we are part of

The Unitarian Universalist tradition we draw upon is based on many resources:

  • the immediate experience and amazement facing the universe, the wonder of life and the forces creating and conserving it
  • the words and deeds of prophetic women and men in the past and nowadays who encouraged us to face the unjust and nihilistic forces the material world around us comprises with empathy, solidly compassion and love
  • wisdom enriching our ethic and spiritual life drawn from all religions
  • Jewish and Christian teachings calling for altruism
  • humanistic teachings encouraging the pragmatic use of reason and the achievements of science without lapsing into dogmatic rationalism or scientism
    the spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions celebrating the circle of life and teaching us a life in harmony with nature and its rhythm

We acknowledge the great variety of religious, philosophical and ideological truths but in the same way see the danger that lies within the idea of "the one truth".

We might believe or might not believe in the idea of an otherworldly judgment in which we are measured by any ultimate truth or divinity. Thus, we embody ourselves in our deeds, making us unique within the circle of formation and destruction. To some extend we can gain inspiration from speculation about the things that may lie beneath experience, but we cannot measure ourselves by any other than the suffering or happiness our deeds may cause.

We do not see any inherent holiness in traditions, symbols and rituals themselves. They are parables and allegories to the manifold values and ideas defining our lives beneath everyday necessities.