Unitarians believe in a free Church, with a free faith. Therefore they do not expect members to recite, or even to say they accept, any set form of belief such as a “creed”. They do not think that any person or any society has a right to prescribe what others must or must not believe. Every one of us has a mind, and the use of the mind is to think, and so to reach more of the truth for oneself; and this applies to religion as much as to any other field of thought and knowledge.
Hull Unitarians’ vision is that we will become a dynamic and nurturing religious community that celebrates our human diversity, supports lifelong spiritual growth, and acts for compassion and justice.
Our church members probably agree that they share the following values, but being Unitarians they would always reserve their right to disagree and point out that their own values might change over time as they journey along their own spiritual path:
- We hold the right and responsibility to humbly engage, with an open mind, in a free and responsible search for the ultimate truth and meaning, whatever they may prove to be, and believe that this search is best undertaken in a supportive and understanding community, free from dogmatic assumptions or inherited prejudices.
- In our search, we will uphold the inherent worth and dignity of each human being.
- We will heed the guidance of reason in our search and seek to acknowledge and understand the results of scientific discovery, encouraging a balanced approach of mind and spirit.
- We embrace the guiding rule that we should treat everyone as we ourselves would wish to be treated. As such our actions will be guided by a spirit of compassion and love.
- Our ethical and spiritual lives are inspired and enriched by the wisdom and teachings, both ancient and modern derived from all the world’s religions and cultures, including nature itself. We hold in high regard the teachings of the human being Jesus of Nazareth and the cultural treasure that is the Bible. We also recognise that for many they form part of our heritage.
- We have respect for the interdependent web of all existence, which may also be expressed as the spirit of life, the ground of all being, the oneness of all existence, even God, and which we recognise as perhaps the ultimate source of meaning in our world.