Unitarian Universalists are sometimes accused of not believing in anything, but nothing could be further from the truth. We care very deeply about our beliefs–so deeply that we don’t want to say the words “I believe” unless we really, truly believe. That’s why our church began and why it continues.
Accordingly, we don’t impose a set of beliefs on our members, except for the belief that only individuals can decide whether and how to describe what they believe.
Where did we come from? What are we? Where are we going? If there’s a God, what is he/she/it like? Why are we here? What happens when we die? Faced with the great mysteries of creation, divinity, purpose, and ultimate destiny we are humbled. We accept that the great mysteries are exactly that: mysteries, beyond our limited human ability to comprehend and express in a manner that satisfies everyone. But each of us wants to understand in our own way.
Our Unitarian Universalist religion helps us support each other in searching for and finding our personal answers. We are guided by Unitarian Universalist values, especially as expressed in our Seven Principles (expressed more simply as our Kids’ Principles). An occasional program in which many members participate is called Developing Your Own Theology. It encourages clarification of beliefs. At the end of the program, each participant develops a “credo,” or statement of belief.
As the credos illustrate, at Starr King Church we differ in our expressions of belief, but we are united in our broad and inclusive outlook, and in our values. We are united in shared experience: our open and stirring worship services, religious education, and rites of passage; our work for social justice; our quest to include the marginalized; our expressions of love. We work toward a loving community and a faith that agrees with knowledge.
Together, we create a force more powerful than one person or one belief system.