Unitarian Universalists have many ways of articulating our seven Principles in simpler language. Here’s the way our Tapestry of Faith children’s programs describe them:

  1. We believe that each and every person is important.
  2. We believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly.
  3. We believe that we should accept one another and keep on learning together.
  4. We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.
  5. We believe that all persons should have a vote about the things that concern them.
  6. We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world.
  7. We believe in caring for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things.

Our classes for younger children describe the principles as “promises” which we make to one another as Unitarian Universalists, which help us know how to get along with one another and to live our values in the world.  Each principle is paired with a color and an object, to help children remember and identify them:

  • RED:  Respect for all beings (each person is a gift)
  • ORANGE:  Offer fair and kind treatment to all (the heart represents kindness)
  • YELLOW:  Yearn to learn about ourselves, each other, and the mystery (the flame of knowledge or truth)
  • GREEN:  Grow by exploring what is right and true in life (plants remind us of our ability to grow)
  • BLUE:  Believe in our ideals and act on them (the bell represents the voice of the conscience)
  • INDIGO:  Insist on a peaceful, fair, free world for all (the dove represents peace)
  • VIOLET:  Value our home, the Earth, that we share with all living things (the earth)