1st Principle: The Inherent Worth and Dignity of Every Person
In other words, “Each person is important.”
As Unitarian Universalists we affirm and promote 7 Principles and the sources of faith from which they are drawn. They represent the backbone of the religious community in which we participate.
Examples of the 1st Principle in Action
- The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) proudly supports nationwide public witness and social justice work protecting the civil and legal rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals and families, including grants through the President’s Freedom to Marry Fund. Learn more about Outreach & Public Witness for LGBTQ Rights.
- The Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron (UUCA) Food Justice Ministry applies the 1st Principle to the issue of food justice: “Our current global industrial food system creates inequities both in food resources and in labor... Our first principles calls upon us as UUs to educate ourselves and others on the impact of our personal food choices and on solutions and skills necessary to change the system.”
- In 2011, the UUA and the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) launched the UUA/UU-UNO LGBT Uganda Fund to help the UU Church in Uganda and it’s partner organizations fight for social justice and equality for LGBT individuals.
Chalica is a week-long celebration of our Unitarian Universalist Principles. Each day, a chalice is lit and the day is spent reflecting on the meaning of that day’s principle and doing a good deed that honors that principle.
- The UU Congregation of Smithton offers an excellent selection of readings, songs, and discussion questions for each day of Chalica, and posted video of the same: Chalica Day One (YouTube).
- The Tapestry of Faith children’s curriculum Love Surrounds Us explores all the Principles in the context of Beloved Community of family/home, school, neighborhood. In Session 2, children use positive words and actions as they learn and live our First Principle.
- Reflection on UU First Principle, by Rev. Sunshine Jeremiah Wolfe
“It requires practice.”
- Sermon: Our Inherently Difficult First Principle (PDF, 8 pages), by David M. Sargent
“I’ve never heard Dad say ‘He’s a good man!’ about Osama bin Laden...”
- Article: Confronting evil: Has terrorism shaken our religious principles? by Warren R. Ross, UU World
“Can we really, without squirming, affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person?”
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Last updated on Tuesday, January 29, 2013.
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