5th Principle (Conscience & Democracy)

The fifth of Our Unitarian Universalist Principles calls us to affirm and promote "the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large."

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Braver/Wiser: A Weekly Message of Courage and Compassion

  • By James Gertmenian
    Love without justice is not love. Compassion without deeds is not compassion. Faith without action is not faith. And religion without politics is not religion. In my view, people of faith are not entitled to avoid politics for the sake of a short-lived spiritual high.
  • By Jake Morrill
    .I want liberty and justice for all in my country. That will ask of me—and of many of you—the discipline of discomfort.
  • By Jake Morrill
    Those of us with some privilege in this empire may be tempted to seek refuge in it, as if privilege was ever going to save us. But who’s to say whether you’ve come to this place and position for a time such as this?
  • By Daniel Gregoire
    Help us to live in peace together and serve one another and to see the holy light in everyone, even when those holy lights are especially hard to see.

Call and Response: Journeys in UU Lifespan Faith Development


  • By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    Which decisions should be made by the "congregation in meeting" via a congregational vote according to congregational polity, and which decisions can be made by the governing board?

Press Releases

Tapestry of Faith: Curricula and Resources for Lifespan Faith Development

Chalice Children

Wisdom from the Hebrew Scriptures

Virtue Ethics

  • Based on a 2011 interview with Reverend Howard Dana, who has been the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg's minister since August, 2000. When...

Signs of Our Faith

What We Choose

The New UU

Heeding the Call

  • Once upon a time, there was a small village on the edge of a river. Life in the village was busy. There were people growing food and people...


Love Surrounds Us

Spirit of Life

Faithful Journeys

Moral Tales

Wonderful Welcome

Amazing Grace

Uplift: Uplifting LGBTQ+ Experience Within and Beyond Unitarian Universalism

  • By Cathy Rion Starr
    Last week, I stood in front of the ICE offices in Hartford for several hours -- ironically directly across the street from the lesbian law firm that my partner and I paid a lot of money to protect our queer family from the Trump administration (they helped us with the second parent adoption of our...

UU Voices: Stories from the Movement

UU World

  • By Susan Frederick-Gray
    We are less than twelve months away from the most critical elections in our lifetimes. We must not be on the sidelines.
    Image credit: Students fill out voter registration forms at on National Voter Registration Day
  • By Julio Noboa Polanco
    Empire has failed Puerto Rico. It’s time for us to demand better.
    Image credit: door painted with a Puerto Rican flag.
  • By Elaine McArdle
    As elections approach, Unitarian Universalists work to register voters, promote criminal justice reform, and re-enfranchise 1.5 million people in Florida.
    Image credit: Spouses Linda Wright (left) and the Rev. Robin Gray volunteer at the UU Tallahassee Second Chances Phone Banking event September 22, 2018, in Florida.
  • By Alexandra Varney McDonald
    Climate activists turn to civil disobedience at the risk of serving prison time.
    Image credit: The climate activists arrested after shutting down Canada-to-U.S. pipelines, from left: Emily Johnston, Annette Klapstein, Leonard Higgins, Ken Ward, and Michael Foster.
  • By Elaine McArdle
    Process leading to 2017 UUA election did not anticipate a nominee dropping out.
    Image credit: Four candidates for UUA president in the 2016–2017 race