As Unitarian Universalists, we do not have a creed: there is no dogma. Instead, we covenant together to affirm and promote our seven principles, which form the foundation of our faith, in which we are challenged to explore and grow:
Our faith proudly draws from many sources:
These principles and sources of faith are the backbone of our religious community.
As a congregation, we also have our own mission statement, which reads as follows:
"The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie is a community that values diversity, peace, democracy and the interdependent web of all existence. The Fellowship nurtures and challenges its members in their religious journeys, and advocates for social justice in the larger community. We are engaged in worship, study, public service, fellowship and social action."
Reflecting on our commitment to the principles and to our mission statement, at a corporate meeting in January 2010, the Fellowship became the first Unitarian Universalist congregation in the country to adopt the UUA Commission on Appraisal's suggested "Inclusion" language in their bylaws. This text was designed to replace traditional non-discrimination language with more proactive and positive wording.
Here is the adopted text:
"Systems of power, privilege, and oppression have traditionally created barriers for persons and groups with particular identities, ages, abilities, and histories. We pledge to do all we can to replace such barriers with ever-widening circles of solidarity and mutual respect. We strive to be a congregation that truly welcomes all persons and commits to structuring congregational life in ways that empower and enhance everyone’s participation."
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