The Unitarian Universalists are an association of about 1200 congregations in this country and related congregations in Canada and Mexico, England, Ireland, the European Community, Australia and New Zealand, Romania, Hungary and the Czech Republic, the Philippines and India, and we have close ties to other groups in Japan.
While the Unitarian Universalist Association of congregations is our organizing body, the UU Service Committee is a social outreach effort that can be found all over the world quietly empowering indigenous groups with health care, education, agriculture and enterprise.
Much more can be found on the UUA web site.
In 1983 the general assembly of the UUA adopted the following statement that summarizes what we stand for.
The Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association
We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, 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 in society at large;
The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all;
Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
As an expression of where we draw our wisdom, we also adopted this statement of our sacred Sources.
The living tradition which we share draws from many sources:
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.