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Unitarian Universalist Principles and Sexual Ethics

This book is grounded in the Principles of our religious community, the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations.

The inherent worth and dignity of every person
Every person's sexuality is sacred and worthy of respect; there, it is not to be violated.

Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations
We treat others, as we would want to be treated; therefore, sexual exploitation and interpersonal violence are wrong.

Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.
Accepting each other as we are means doing no harm and fostering well-being in one's self and others.

A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
In our relationship to others, our freedom of sexuality is as important as the responsibility for it.

The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.
As a community and an institution, we are responsible for creating a secure, safe, and non-violent environment.

The goal of a world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
We have the opportunity to create the kind of environment that lends itself to peace, liberty, and justice in human interactions, and we can become a model for the rest of society.

Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
When we respect each person's sexual integrity, we honor the wholeness of life and respect the web of all existence.

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