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Our Unitarian Universalist Principles and Sources

Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote seven Principles.   We also share a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from many sources.

The seven Principles and six Sources of the Unitarian Universalist Association grew out of the grassroots of our communities, were affirmed democratically, and are part of who we are. 

Flaming Chalice Symbol of Unitarian Universalism

A flame within a chalice (a cup with a stem and foot) is a primary symbol of the Unitarian Universalist faith tradition.


Hans Deutsch, an Austrian artist, first brought together the chalice and the flame as a Unitarian symbol during his work with the Unitarian Service Committee during World War II. To Deutsch, the image had connotations of sacrifice and love. Unitarian Universalists today have many different interpretations of the flaming chalice, including the light of reason, the warmth of community, and the flame of hope. 

Are My Beliefs Welcome?

In Unitarian Universalism, you can bring your whole self: your full identity, your questioning mind, your expansive heart.  We are united in our broad and inclusive outlook, and in our values, as expressed in our seven Principles.

All are Welcome!

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