The Unitarians merged with the Universalists in 1961 (2018, May 10). Retrieved from https://www.uua.org/beliefs/who-we-are/history. In his article about the history of the stated beliefs, Ross (2001), implied the members of the new association identified with the six principles that iterated their unified desires. However, much deliberation over wording and reflection on meaning continued over the next two decades. In 1985, a revised version of the principles and purposes was developed, voted on, and adopted by the Unitarian Universalist Association at the General Assembly (GA). A seventh principle was also spontaneously added at the time of the vote. Now, three decades later, the seven principles remain as the cornerstone of the faith. Their wording is inclusive and encompassing, but, just a bit complex for our kids. So, the brilliant and talented writers of our curriculum have come up with this simpler language. Here’s the way our Tapestry of Faith children’s programs describe them:
(2018, August 20). Retrieved from http://www.uuventura.org/about-us/our-beliefs/kids-principles/
1st Principle: We believe that each and every person is important.
2nd Principle: We believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly.
3rd Principle: We believe that we should accept one another and keep on learning together.
4th Principle: We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.
5th Principle: We believe that all persons should have a vote about the things that concern them.
6th Principle: We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world.
7th Principle: We believe in caring for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things.
Resources for Home:
- Everybody Is Important A Kids’ Guide to Our Seven Principles by Jennifer Dant
Helps children understand the seven Principles and how to live out these values every day.
- Seven Principles Activity Booklets (one set) Pictures, Puzzles, Mazes and More Illustrated by Terry Stafford
Simple and fun activities for the home. Ages 3 to 6. Features four-page booklets on each of the seven principles.
- A Lamp in Every Corner A Unitarian Universalist Storybook by Janeen K. Grohsmeyer
This past summer at Chalice camp we learned a special song that puts these beliefs to music.
We discovered that recognizing our interdependence is primary as Unitarian Universalists.
My Best to you with many Blessings,
(2018, August 20). Retrieved from https://www.uua.org/beliefs/what-we-believe/principles/for-kids
Ross, W. (2001). After 15 years, our principles and purposes provide glue for UUs. UU World, XIV:6(NOV/DEC 2000), 2018, May 10-34-39.