Beliefs and Values
Looking for resources to further your religious education and spiritual growth? Check out the selection of online resources for all ages below.
making meaning/finding purpose
- young children/ children — Children’s books about spirituality and religion: a list of picture books appropriate for young children. The list focuses on general spiritual values such as compassion, gratitude, mindfulness and religious tolerance.
- children — UU&Me: A Unitarian Universalist magazine just for kids with stories and activities related to a monthly theme.
- adults — The Diversity of Unitarian Universalist Beliefs: In Unitarian Universalism, you can bring your whole self:your full identity, your questioning mind, your expansive heart. By creating meaningful communities that draw from many wisdom traditions, and more, we are embodying a vision “beyond belief:” a vision of peace, love, and understanding. Explore these links to learn how Unitarian Universalists weave different traditions and identities into who they are today.
- older adults — Hindsight, Humor, and Hope: Who, Me, an Elder?: Helps people as they begin to redesign their later years into a time of reflection, discernment, soul stretching, and new life possibilities. This gift of extended years finds many people becoming elders with deep personal questions such as, Who am I now? and What will I do that is meaningful?
big questions/articulating theology
- young children—Do All UUs Believe the Same Thing? Activities to help children become aware that Unitarian Universalists treasure each person’s special way of looking at things
- children-–Between Sundays: Designed to help parents and other adults answer religious questions raised by children and youth. From stories to lessons, games and puzzles to a wealth of other resources…this site is a project of the Church of the Larger Fellowship, an online congregation of Unitarian Universalists
- youth/young adults—Can Unitarian Universalists Really Believe Anything? We truly are a theologically diverse spiritual community. Because there is such a diversity of practices, ideas and beliefs some might say “UUs can believe whatever they want.” They’re almost right, except for being pretty wrong.
- adults—10 Things We Want Everyone to Share about Unitarian Universalism: A friend asks you about Unitarian Universalism. You are wearing a piece of jewelry with a flaming chalice on it, or maybe drinking from your Flaming Chalice adorned coffee mug, and the questions come up, “What do you folks believe? What do you stand for? Why don’t I know anything about your church?”
philosophy and ethics
- children-–10 Minute Life Lessons for Kids: 52 playful and easy to understand activities to help parents teach children moral lessons that they won’t forget. This book gives parents the ability to teach the powerful principles of honesty, trust, generosity, love, and other values.
- adults-–Unitarian Universalist Common Read: A Common Read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time. A Common Read can build community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared experience, shared language, and a basis for deep, meaningful conversations.
finding a sustaining faith
- parents and families-–We Discover Faith Together, in Our Families: Unitarian Universalists support one another to discover and rediscover a seeking, active faith in the context of our family lives. We help parents talk with children about difficult things and connect with the soul of parenting.
- parents and families—UU@Home: Your source for “Faith Development Month By Month” and support from other UUs who are embarking on the very same journey. Our Unitarian Universalist faith tradition calls us to live our Principles and values the very best we can every day of the week; and let’s face it, this is not an easy task!
- youth/young adults—Belief-O-Matic: Even if YOU don’t know what faith you are, Belief-O-Matic® knows. Answer 20 questions about your concept of God, the afterlife, human nature, and more, and Belief-O-Matic® will tell you what religion (if any) you practice…or ought to consider practicing.
- adults–Being a Unitarian Universalist: learn more about Unitarian Universalism, and about how to use UU values, principles, and spiritual traditions to help ground and guide your life.
- older adults—From the High Hill: Odyssey Writing for Elders: Engages elders in mining the stories of a lifetime to create a presentation to share with peers, loved ones, and co-congregants.
- congregational leaders—Religious Education Trainings: Trainings for leaders in religious education programs including Our Whole Lives Facilitator Trainings, Renaissance Modules and other trainings for religious education leaders.
- congregational leaders—Resources for Religious Educators and Teachers: Resources created by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), Unitarian Universalist (UU) religious educators, and others working in the field of religious education in various faiths.
- congregational leaders—Resources for Adult Faith Development: Strategies for group facilitation, support for small group ministry, curricula, and more.
- congregational leaders—Call and Response (UUA Faith Development Blog): Voices of our faith, for the journey we make together in spirit, justice, and love. Please read, respond, and share!
- congregational leaders—Adults in Youth Ministry: Vital youth ministry and resilient Unitarian Universalist youth begin with healthy, spiritually mature adults.
We welcome your suggestions for resource content for this page. What have you found that is exceptional?