A Meditation on the Unitarian Universalist Principles

BY: Rev. Beverley Boke

 

Reprinted by permission from from REACH: Religious Education Action Clearing House.

I affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
Is there any person whom I have disrespected? Am I in right relation to all people? Does someone need to hear from me today?

I affirm and promote justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.
Is there any person whom I have treated unfairly? Have I taken the time to be compassionate with every person I have encountered? Have I made an effort to loosen the bonds of oppression created by my own living? (If white, temporarily able-bodied, or exclusively heterosexual, have I made an effort to loosen the bonds of oppression created by my own living as a member of the dominant culture?)

I affirm and promote acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.
Have I compassionately offered others the opportunity for growth, and have I truly accepted people, even those who are not like me and those who do not fit my idea of "okay"?

I affirm and promote a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
Is my life a reflection of a search for truth and meaning, or am I stuck in the "getting and having" place which deadens people? Can I move a little further from "getting and having" and a little closer to truth and meaning today? How will I do that today?

I affirm and promote the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.
Have I listened to others, and tried to think the way they think, see their point of view? Have I encouraged consensus and connections so that democracy is an everyday fact of life, or have I tried to stack the deck in my own favor? Have I allowed the "tyranny of the majority" to silence anyone?

I affirm and promote the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
What have I done today to promote peace, understanding, and freedom throughout the world, and in my own corner of the world?

I affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of existence of which we are a part.
How have I reduced the negative impact of my living on this planet? What could be done more healthfully?

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