What does it mean to be a Unitarian Universalist? And, more important, how do we live it?

These were questions we were hearing from newcomers as well as those who’d been around for 2, 3, 5 years or more.  What do we believe?  What’s at the center?  How do I explain this place to my friends?

Taking inspiration from Full Week Faith and theme-based ministry, Living the Principles is what we came up with. It’s a full year, multigenerational, integrated program, beginning with an introduction in September, followed by an exploration of one Principle each month through May (we excluded December).

Some of our favorite elements are the Commitment to Compassion tree and Pizza and Principles for November, the Times for All ages in January and March, and the Pizza and Principles event in March; please take a look, see what strikes you, adapt, experiment. We had fun putting these together and we hope you enjoy them too.

And if you find or create readings, prayers, activities or stories that you think would be good additions to this collection, we hope you’ll share them with us, as well. In this way, we hope to support the continued creation of resources for each other, and for the larger faith of which we are a part.


Ellen Quaadgras, Minister                                                                     Ann Kadlecek, Credentialed Religious Educator

This work was supported in part by a grant from the Unitarian Sunday School Society.  Thank you!

Click here for slides from our workshop at the 2016 UUA General Assembly.