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Reflection on UU First Principle

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Oct. 9th, 2010 | 12:47 am

Unitarian Universalist Principle 1:  We affirm and promotes the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

Thought it would be good to talk about some of what I believe. I believe this is the most difficult principle for Unitarian Universalists and all people. Affirming the inherent worth and dignity of every person means everyone- from the mo...st violent person to your greatest enemy. Not an easy prospect. It means doing this through words, deeds, and commitments.

It requires practice. At the core of this principle is love. Love is as natural as a flowing river and can be difficult to allow flow. To have an inherent love for a person who ideas, words, deeds, and commitments run counter to our own can hinder that love. At the heart of this kind of love is the ability to forgive. To have such a deep seeded compassion that you can forgive a person their trespasses. This does not mean that you let the person get away with murder- you set clear expectations and boundaries. It does mean, that at the end of the day, love guides your actions- halts your revenge, encourages patience, calls us to face the fears that may rise, and ask us to breath through anger.

We are each divine- a gift of this earth, of G-d (if you believe in G-d), and our mother's body. May we each remember that we are whole and holy.

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