Our Unitarian Ways
We believe that
- everyone has a right to seek truth and meaning for themselves
- fundamental tools for doing this are your own life experience, your reflection upon it, your intuitive understanding, and the promptings of your own conscience
- the best setting for this is a community that welcomes you for who you are, complete with your beliefs, doubts, and questions
- we are not required to assent to any creed or statement of faith; the emphasis is on being true to oneself
Our Spiritual Exploration
Unitarianism has its roots in the Jewish and Christian traditions. The following two articles on ‘Christian or More than Christian’ and ‘Interfaith Understanding’ give a brief introduction to Unitarian spirituality and beliefs.
...or more than Christian
The Unitarian movement arose and evolved in the Christian tradition. Today, most Unitarians in Britain are happy to acknowledge this living relationship in some way. Many are glad to call themselves free or liberal Christians.
It is recognised, though, that there are many people who find difficulty with the Judeo-Christian tradition. Unitarians are concerned to provide fellowship and worship which, while respecting the liberal Christian tradition, will have meaning for them too. Among Unitarians, there are those who find the focus of their faith elsewhere than in liberal Christianity, for example in religious humanism or Creation Spirituality.
Unitarians recognise that there will always be different ways of understanding and interpreting the human condition. They regard the existence of many diverse expressions of faith as inevitable, but also potentially enriching. They believe that learning to live with religious diversity is a major challenge for our times. As a result, Unitarians:
- engage in dialogue with people of other faith traditions
- promote opportunities for different religions to share their spiritual treasures in worship and celebration
- are active locally and nationally in interfaith and ecumenical (inter-church) organisations
Internationally, Unitarians are proud to have been founder-members of the International Association for Religious Freedom (founded 1900). This has member groups from all the world’s major faith traditions—and a few more besides! Its activities include inter-faith dialogue and social action in many countries.