Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern NevadaUnitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada

Our Beliefs, Principles

Unitarian and Universalist denominations consolidated in 1961 to form the new religion of Unitarian Universalism. Its roots lie in the Unitarian belief in the unity or oneness of God and in universal salvation.

Unitarian beliefs have been around since the first century, but people didn't form religious groups based on the ideas until the middle of the 1500s in Transylvania and the mid-1600s in England. The religious authorities of the times saw these early Unitarians, such as Michael Servetus, as heretics and often persecuted them or worse.

Unitarianism and Universalism came to North America, flourished in the atmosphere of religious freedom and grew as the United States did. Unitarian leaders became advocates for social change, championing education and prison reform, orphanages, the abolition of slavery, women's rights, ministry to the poor, and later, civil rights.

The American Red Cross, the League of Women Voters, the ACLU, and the SPCA were all founded by Unitarians or Universalists. Well known Unitarians include Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, William Howard Taft, Louisa May Alcott, Susan B. Anthony, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Paul Revere, Julia Ward Howe, Frank Lloyd Wright, Buckminster Fuller, Clara Barton, Linus Pauling, Ray Bradbury, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Adlai Stevenson and Robert Fulghum.

Changes over the years have made Unitarian Universalism a broad and flexible faith. Individual Unitarian Universalists have varied beliefs about everything from scripture to rituals to God, yet all share our seven principles.

Unitarian Universalist Principles

Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote these seven principles:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

If you are interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism and our congregation, please plan to attend our UU101 gathering.  On the second Sunday of each month at 11:45am we offer a short class which gives a brief overview of Unitarian Universalism and UUFNN.  Contact Trudy if you have any questions or would like to attend: welcoming@uufnn.org