UU Principles for Children and Youth
Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church provides children and youth an opportunity to explore, reflect, and learn in a nurturing spiritual community. HUUC offers the following for kindergarten through senior high ages:
- Ethical growth – internalizing enduring values like justice, equity, and compassion, and gaining tools to act on them in everyday life.
- Social growth – connecting with peers and people of all ages on a deeper level. Finding acceptance among people who see beyond the superficial.
- Spiritual growth – feeling a connection with the sacred within, among, and beyond us.
Our 7 Principles:
- 1st Principle: We believe that each and every person is important.
- 2nd Principle: We believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly.
- 3rd Principle: We believe that we should accept one another and keep on learning together.
- 4th Principle: We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.
- 5th Principle: We believe that all persons should have a vote about the things that concern them.
- 6th Principle: We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world.
- 7th Principle: We believe in caring for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things.
The living tradition we share draws from many sources including:
Direct experience of mystery and wonder;
Words and deeds of prophetic women and men;
Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;;
Jewish and Christian teachings;
Humanist teachings using reason and science;
Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions.