We call ourselves Berrien UU or BUUF, short for Berrien Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship
Berrien UU follows a religious tradition that embraces the theological progress of the congregation rather than a single creed, authority, or writing. Because it may draw upon resources from many traditions, it is not characterized as Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist or any particular religious faith. We are a liberal religion. Our fellowship leans toward Humanism.
The Unitarian Universalist Association recognizes six sources that guide our tradition.
- 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.
These sources guide our wisdom and our spirituality as we affirm and promote the seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism which we hold as strong values and moral guide.
1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person
2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part