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Springfield Meetinghouse, vt

Unitarian Universalist

For over 200 years, we have been preaching love and the free and responsible search for truth and meaning.  Here, we don’t expect to think alike but to love alike.  We are a Welcoming Congregation, and we honor many spiritual paths and traditions. We invite you to join us in seeking truth and sharing love with our neighbors.

Our Affirmation:
Love is the doctrine of this church
The quest of truth is its sacrament
And service is its prayer
To dwell together in peace,
To seek knowledge in freedom,
To serve the need of all beings,
To the end that all souls shall
Grow into harmony with the Divine
Thus do we covenant with each other
And with the source of our being
 
- Affirmation written by Rev L. Griswold Williams

 

We affirm the seven UU principles as strong values and moral guides:

  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Here are the six sources UU congregations affirm and promote:

  • 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 people 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 which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
  • Jewish and Christian 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.