Where do Unitarian Universalists find inspiration and guidance?
We are inspired by beauty, truth, love, and compassion that knows no bounds. We are inspired by elders, by children, by courageous people, by community. By nature, science, the universe, and the creativity at work in the world. By the Bible, the Bhagavad Gita, the Tao Te Ching, by ancient wisdom. We are inspired by literature and poetry, artists and authors…. As Unitarian Universalists, life is a constant source of inspiration, calling us to live with greater depth, connection, and compassion. –Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh
You could say the world is our scripture. The tradition we share is a “living tradition,” meaning our sources of inspiration evolve over time as we do. We are fond of the line by Samuel Longfellow, “Revelation is not sealed… truth and right are still revealed.” In the nineteenth century the Bible was our main source of inspiration and guidance; in the twenty-first century it is one of many.
When Unitarian Universalists (UUs) got together to articulate our main sources of inspiration and guidance, we came up with the following six Sources, as articulated in the Principles our congregations affirm:
What inspires you? Bring your ideas and inspirations to your local congregation—you'll find others who'll listen and may even share your enthusiasm. From motorcycling to gardening to deep philosophical pondering, UUs take inspiration from all parts of life, share their discoveries in trust, and learn from one another.
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Last updated on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.
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