Statements of Conscience

We are a community of diverse beliefs, a religion without a creed, dogma, or doctrine. As such, we can speak only about our own individual beliefs and not claim to represent the beliefs of the entire congregation.

Our church uses Statements of Conscience to speak publicly about important positions. Our Public Ministry Committee is responsible for steering these statements through a defined process. After a period of study and education, our congregation votes on a statement. To pass a Statement of Conscience, a minimum of 75% of our members must vote “yes.”  Once passed, we may publicly proclaim this as a statement of our congregation.  Statements of Conscience, whether at the congregational level or those approved by the Unitarian Universalist Association, permit us to be public witnesses and voice the concerns of our church. 

These Statements of Conscience have been approved by our congregation:

Passed in 2005
Civil marriage between any two consenting adults is a civil right.

Passed in 2010
Reproductive rights are human rights. Reproductive rights include comprehensive, values-based sex education, access to effective birth control and quality prenatal care, the right to carry a pregnancy to term, and the right to choose abortion.

From Wikipedia:

A creed is a statement of belief, in particular a statement of faith that describes the beliefs shared by a religious community.

Dogma is a principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true. It serves as part of the primary basis of an ideology or belief system, and it cannot be changed or discarded without affecting the very system's paradigm, or the ideology itself.

Doctrine is a codification of beliefs or a body of teachings or instructions, taught principles or positions, as the body of teachings in a branch of knowledge or belief system.