The Catholics have the Vatican which is the head quarters of their faith and it is kind of like what Canadian Unitarian Universalist have in the Canadian Unitarian Council or simply the CUC, well not quiet the same. You see the CUC is an organization of all the Unitarian Universalist congregations in Canada, which are mad up of their members who decide thing by the democratic process or even sometimes by consensus, unlike the Vatican which makes decisions from only the opinions of some select influential men. And like all Christians who have the 10 commandments which where handed dawn to them from God himself to help guide them in righteous living, Unitarian Universalist have a statement of shared principles and a list of sources. The sources represent influences which Unitarian Universalist feel have helped them in crafting their principles, principles which are periodically revised to reflect the changing viewpoints of Unitarian Universalist. And the CUC is currently in a process of possibly revising the version of the Unitarian Universalist statement of shared Principles and sources that it uses. And the am of this is to better represent the views held be Canadian Unitarian Universalists to which I am on. And what fallow is a version of the statement of shared Principles and sources to which I am suggesting for adoption be the CUC as its new version. It can be contrasted with the CUC’s current version fond in my last post.
The Shared Principles and Sources of Our Religious Community
We, the member congregations of the Canadian Unitarian Council, covenant to affirm, practise and promote:
· the inherent worth and dignity of every person;
· compassion, generosity and integrity in all relations;
· the celebration of the diversity of human gender, sexuality, sexual preference, ethnicity, ability, nationality and life stages;
· a free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
· spiritual growth and learning at all ages and stages of human development;
· the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process;
· the fostering of fair, diverse and sustainable local and global community;
· respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
The living tradition that we share draws from many sources:
· the Unitarian challenge to Church doctrine;
· the Universalist belief in unconditional divine love;
· direct experiences of transcending mystery and wonder, which moves us to renew our spirit and our connection with the forces, which create and uphold life;
· prophetic words and deeds which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
· wisdom from the world’s religions, which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life, and which call us to love our neighbours as we would love ourselves;
· Humanist teachings, which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
· spiritual teachings of Earth-centred traditions, which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live harmoniously with the rhythms of nature;
· and the legacy of those who have served and will serve this, our living tradition.