Life and Health

The First Principle (UU Series #2)

I wrote last week introducing this series on the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism (UU).  For the next seven weeks I’m going to be highlighting one of the principles and talking about how it impacts my life, parenting, and work.

The first principle is “the inherent worth and dignity of every person.”

While I have always “believed” in this idea; being a member of the UU congregation has forced me to confront what this actually means and what am I doing to PRACTICE this.

This is the crux of all the UU principles: what are you doing to practice them?  It is not enough just to believe them; you must act on them in some way. This seems to stem from the humanist teachings; there is nothing that states you can’t believe in an afterlife but you also must work for the good of this life.

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Life and Health

Do you own or belong?

Belonging and not ownership is something I’ve been contemplating lately.  I have come to the conclusion that belonging comes from a place of love and ownership comes from a place of ego.

Now don’t get me wrong, that ego can be a loving, well-meaning force but it is a force nonetheless which sometimes doesn’t leave a lot of room for the others who don’t live up to the owner’s expectations.

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