We, the member congregations of the Canadian Unitarian Council, covenant to affirm and promote the following Seven Principles:
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
The living tradition which we share draws from Six Sources:
- 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 neighbours 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-centred traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As free congregations we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support.
Grand River Unitarian Congregation is a spiritual home where members and friends nurture each other by supporting, inspiring and celebrating the quest for meaning, and offer a voice for liberal religion in the Region of Waterloo.
- To provide regular Sunday services enabling the exploration, challenge and growth of our religious beliefs, and the opportunity for worship;
- To provide religious education based on our Unitarian and Universalist heritage and curriculum;
- To express our religious beliefs in the practice of social action;
- To welcome, support and nurture all who gather with our congregation for community;
- To uphold the Principles and Purposes of the Canadian Unitarian Council.