Kearsarge Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Stone Chapel, Proctor Academy, Andover, NH
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Unitarian Univeralism

Beliefs

Unitarian Universalists believe that character and fellowship are more important than any doctrinal beliefs.  We recognize that religious formulations must not be imposed on others and that they must not be made the bases of division among people.  Many Unitarian Universalists affirm a belief in God, but prefer to define this idea—at once so vast and so personal—in ways meaningful to themselves and relevant to their own experiences.  We cherish the Christian tradition from which we have grown, but do not consider ourselves confined to that tradition.  Our emphasis in religion is universal, hence we seek knowledge and understanding in all religions.  

 

 

Convictions

We have no creed which a person must believe to be accepted in membership.  A basic Unitarian Universalist belief is individual freedom of belief.  We hold varying and sometimes conflicting beliefs but are tolerant of these differences.  In our personal search for religious truth we share many principles and values. We take inspiration from many sources and world religions.

Our Congregations covenant to affirm and promote the following:

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 rights 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 Universalists

People who believe in Unitarian and Universalist principles have been around since the early days of Christianity.  The Unitarians believed in a single God and questioned the doctrine of the trinity for which they found no biblical justification.  The Universalists believed that a loving God would not condemn most of humanity to everlasting hell and that all could be saved, especially through good works.  Over the centuries many were persecuted and some martyred for these beliefs that were condemned as heretical by the established churches.

Despite persecution, the beliefs persisted and often flourished and have attracted some of the most significant and independent thinkers in history such as:  Thomas Jefferson, Charles Darwin, Joseph Priestly, Susan B. Anthony, Henry Thoreau, Clara Barton, Issac Newton, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Dr. Linus Pauling, Elliot Richardson, Adlai Stevenson and many others.

Over the centuries the beliefs and principles of the two denominations converged and they finally merged in 1961 to form the present Unitarian Universalist Association.  

 

 

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