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5th Principle: The Right of Conscience and the Use of the Democratic Process Within Our Congregations and in Society at Large

In other words, All people need a voice.

As Unitarian Universalists we affirm and promote 7 Principles and the sources of faith from which they are drawn. They represent the backbone of the religious community in which we participate.

Examples of the 5th Principle in Action

  • The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) encourages voter participation and advocates for election reform and voting rights.
  • Every Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation is asked to participate in the annual UUA business meeting, General Assembly. Delegates from member congregations meet in business sessions and make policy for carrying out the purposes of the UUA and controlling its affairs.
  • Each UU member congregation is autonomous, creating its own bylaws and governing itself. The UUA supports individual congregations by providing resources to foster their health and growth.

Worship

Chalica is a week-long celebration of our Unitarian Universalist Principles. Each day, a chalice is lit and the day is spent reflecting on the meaning of that days principle and doing a good deed that honors that principle.

Curricula

  • The Tapestry of Faith childrens curriculum Love Surrounds Us explores all the Principles in the context of Beloved Community of family/home, school, neighborhood. Session 10 introduces the fifth Principle, our belief that everyone deserves a vote in matters that concern them.

Perspectives

  • Reflection on the UU Fifth Principle by Rev. Sunshine Jeremiah Wolfe
    Our conscience is our own and we have a right to share that conscience within our religious communities and have our voice hear in making decisions about our religious communities.

Learn more about the Beliefs Principles of Unitarian Universalism, or read our online magazine, UU World, for features on today's Unitarian Universalists. Visit an online UU church, or find a congregation near you.

For more information contact info@uua.org.

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Last updated on Tuesday, January 29, 2013.

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