What We Believe
What does worship mean to Unitarian Universalists?
In a religious tradition which does not require a belief in God, why worship at all? True, there are some among us who do not like to use that word because of its traditional connotations. But many of us choose to use it framed by the meaning of its Anglo Saxon roots: worth-shape is the act of focussing upon and clarifying what is of greatest worth — that which we wish to serve with our lives.
For some, the word God broadly defined serves as a focus, especially when understood as the power of creativity within and among us, rather than a separate and omnipotent reality. For others, mindfulness of the depth of the present moment (as Buddhism teaches) anchors our lives. For most, that of worth which we come together to shape is at least partially framed by abstract values and principles such as compassion and justice.