We should gather all the good and true principles in the world and treasure them up, or we shall not come out true Mormons. Joseph Smith
Are you a Unitarian without knowing it?
We believe that:
- In the spirit of civil and religious liberty, equality of respect and opportunity is for everyone
- Everyone has the right to seek truth and meaning for themselves.
- The fundamental tools for doing this are your life experience, your reflection upon it, your intuitive understanding and the promptings of your own conscience.
- The best setting for this is a community that welcomes you for who you are, complete with your beliefs, doubts and questions.
We can be called religious ‘liberals’:
- Religious because we unite to celebrate and affirm values that embrace and reflect a greater reality than self.
- Liberal because we claim no exclusive revelation or status for ourselves; because we afford respect and toleration to those who follow different paths of faith.
We are called ‘Unitarians’:
- Because of our traditional insistence on divine unity, the oneness of God.
- Because we affirm the essential unity of humankind and of creation.
A liberal approach
Unitarians find their bond of unity in shared values, such as:
- The nurture of life’s spiritual dimension.
- The use of reason and honest doubt in the search for truth.
- Mutual respect and goodwill in personal relations.
- Constructive tolerance and openness towards the sincerely-held beliefs of others.
- Peace, compassion, justice and democracy in human affairs.
- Reverence for the earth and the whole natural system of which we are part.
It is the Unitarian experience that these values form a more effective foundation for true community than insistence on uniformity of belief and doctrine. Unitarians affirm that truth and humanity are best served where both the mind and the conscience are free. They maintain that no one book, institution or individual has the monopoly on truth, no matter what they may claim for themselves or their devotees may claim for them. Unitarians affirm that:
- Every person’s life involves developing a value-system by which she or he lives.
- People should enjoy individual liberty and private judgment in spiritual matters.
- Respect for integrity is preferable to the pressure to conform.
- Beliefs may change in the light of new understanding and insight.
- The final authority for your faith lies within your own conscience.
On our personal life journey we are aided and inspired by:
- The example and spiritual insights of others.
- Writings deemed ‘holy’ and ‘sacred’ by the various faith-traditions of humanity.
- Inherited traditions of critical and philosophical thought.
- The ongoing creative work of artists, musicians and writers.
- The scientist’s search for knowledge and understanding.
Here Unitarian PDF A Faith worth thinking about?
You Tube video explains it very well! Here
As you probably know there are 5th Generation Mormon/Masons who receive all the privileges affiliated with the church
But can you be a non-theist=non Christian Unitarian and a Mormon receive all the privileges affiliated with the church?
Even in our church there seems to be a growing number of active non-theist members?
Aren’t we encouraged to have Inter-Faith Partnerships and Dialogue associate with religions whose teachings differ from ours?
Do you disagree with some of their teachings?
Do you identify with some of their teaching and principles more than you do with some LDS teachings?
What are some of the good principles we should gather together and bring into Mormonism?