Lesson 5: We respect each other

Principle #5

The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large

In our religious lives, the democratic process requires trust in the development of each individual conscience—a belief that such development is possible for each of us, as well as a commitment to cultivate our own conscience. We could call it a commitment to the value of each person. In the words of Theodore Parker, ‘Democracy means not “I am as good as you are,” but “You are as good as I am.”’ My connection with the sacred is only as precious as my willingness to acknowledge the same connection in others.

—Rev. Parisa Parsa, executive director of the Public Conversations Project

Hymn #114: Forward Through the Ages, words by Frederick Hosmer, music by William Sullivan

Here at UUCB, all congregational decisions are made by the members. Calling a minister, renovating our building, supporting congregational programs — all these actions and more are decided by vote. We strive for consensus, while honoring the voices of all.

Learn what we believe

In Unitarian Universalism, you can bring your whole self: your full identity, your questioning mind, your expansive heart. Together, we create a force more powerful than one person or one belief system. As Unitarian Universalists, we do not have to check our personal background and beliefs at the door: we join together on a journey that honors everywhere we’ve been before. Together, we are the Unitarian Universalist Association.