What are the values and guiding principles at the core of our liberal religious tradition? The statement of principles and sources that Unitarian Universalists in North America cherish are but the latest institutional articulation of our evolving understanding, and they are arguably as much the product of political compromise as they are a precise distillation of what’s really at the heart of liberal religion.
Acknowledging the inherent ambiguity of the liberal way, theologian James Luther Adams identified five guiding principles that he saw at the core of the free faith.
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“An unexamined faith is not worth having, for it can only be true by accident. A faith worth having is faith worth discussing and testing.”
― James Luther Adams
Lyric Pieces, Op. 12, No. 3 “Watchman’s Song” by Edvard Grieg, played by Daniel Clark
# 108 My Life Flows On In Endless Song
Words by Rev. Steve Stock
Words from The Case for Liberal Religion by Waldemar Argow
Love is the Spirit
Sharing and Caring
To troubled hearts, to spirits over-brimming, we offer our ministry of listening. For stories that need to be told, we open our hearts and offer the care of our attention, and the support of this, our faith community.
#286 A Core of Silence
“Sarabande” from Cinq Pieces, Op. 6, No. 3 by Arthur Foote, played by Daniel Clark
“The Rhodora” by Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The Loss of Dimension” by James Luther Adams
#288 All Are Architects
“At the Core of our Living Tradition” Stefan Jonasson
# 300 With Heart and Mind
“Ours is a Faith” by Mary Ann Evans (a.k.a. George Eliot)
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