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The sanctuary of the Denton Texas Unitarian Universalist Fellowship was filled and the voices sad but proud. We sat and listened as person after person recalled the wonderful life experiences that they had with the victims of the shootings at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church.
The one sentiment expressed by all was that if the perpetrator had just once came to learn who we are, just once asked with a open mind, he would know he is loved. His hate would melted like ice and love over fill his cup.
Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Guiding Principles and Sources
We covenant to affirm and promote:
The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;
Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
The right of Conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and society at large;
The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
and Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
The living tradition we share and the tapestry of sources upon which we draw for our communal and personal religious life emerges from:
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 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.
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.
Mission statement of the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
We, the members and friends of the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, join to declare the following purposes:
To affirm the principles and purposes of the Unitarian Universalist Association;
To create a loving fellowship, caring for each other across generations and through joys, sorrows, and concerns;
To inspire and nurture personal growth for all ages in their search for meaning and a loving, joyful life;
To be an open community, practicing tolerance and respect for diversity;
To encourage ethical action in both individuals and the Fellowship as a whole, by supporting responsible beliefs and values, and by fostering commitment and courage, in service to our larger communities;
To grow creatively toward greater truth and beauty, while respecting the value of tradition;
To deepen our love of the earth and our understanding of interdependence.