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Moral Values Sermon

Wisdom, Knowledge, Gratitude, Courage, Humanity, Justice, Hope, Mercy, Temperance, Spirituality, Forgiveness, Humor, Enthusiasm, Curiosity, Love of Learning, Perspective, Open-Mindedness, Ingenuity, Originality, Practical Social Intelligence, Valor, Kindness, Perseverance, Honesty, Generosity, Loyalty, Leadership, Discretion, Humility

Principles and Purposes

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    What does it mean to have shared values rather than a creed. It encourages individuals claim their personal beliefs based on conscience and experience. At its core, Unitarian Universalism places an emphasis on the worth and value of every person and the interconnectedness of all things. UUs strive to give life to their values, demonstrating compassion, respect, and justice, working together to make the world a better place to pass along to our children. A religion that focuses on human aspirations rather than human failings, on our actions to live our values daily.

    Our List of Moral Values encourages us:

      To live with integrity

        To live mercifully

          To live with perception of and sensitive to beauty, especially of our earth

            To live in relation with and to take part in our community

              The last one is to live with depth; to support a sense of connection with our own past and future, with the world that surrounds us, with those that we love, and with that source of life that makes possible the rest.

      Remembering the words of South American Lay Minister Donner Lohnes:

      The final definition of a truly moral person is the world that the moral person will create for our children to inherit.

      The living tradition which we share draws from many sources:

      • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
      • Words and deeds of prophetic women and men 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 -Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
      • Jewish, Christian and Catholic social teaching, with its emphasis on good works, teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as 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-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

      Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As free congregations we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support.

      *Definition of morals: Motivation based on ideas of right and wrong.

      We are a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association. This congregation is an autonomous religious corporation governed by its members. The members determine its policies, choose its minister, and support it financially.

      We belong to the Unitarian Universalist Association headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts and we subscribe to its Principles and Purposes.