Our Core Convictions and Practices
As a congregation that upholds the Principles and Purposes of the Unitarian Universalist Association, Pathways UU Church affirms these Convictions:
The sacred is inherently present in nature and in human life. In the act of mindful connection with this essence, we find that we are changed: our relationships are healed, our creativity is unleashed, and our possibilities are expanded.
There are many paths to the sacred in life. We are each travelers on our own unique spiritual journeys, and we find strength, enrichment, and courage in traveling together. Incorporating wisdom, teachings and practices from many sources helps us develop an authentic, generous, and mature spirituality.
Religious words are best interpreted metaphorically, since the sacred is ultimately a mystery. We value a rich and diverse spiritual vocabulary and use many names – both traditional and innovative – to describe the sacred, including God, Goddess, Web of Life, Human Potential, Spirit, Infinite Intelligence, All That Is, Energy, Love, and the Divine. Affirmation and Acceptance: All people have inherent worth and dignity, and we celebrate our human potential to grow in spirit, intellect, and compassion. We also acknowledge our limits and imperfections, and we embrace humility.
Service is vital to practicing our spirituality and living our mission in the world. We aspire to work together to create healing and wholeness for as many people as possible.
In our ongoing search for truth and meaning, we respect the current understanding and personal boundaries of our fellow travelers. We evaluate the worth of ideas based on the impact of those ideas on ourselves, on others and on the planet.
We strive to provide people of all ages with personal and spiritual growth experiences that are nurturing, challenging, and potentially transformational. We are sensitive to differences in spiritual style and offer a variety of worship and learning options that celebrate those differences.
We welcome and embrace those who are new to our community and aspire to be sensitive to their needs. We honor differences in race, color, sex, disability, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or national origin, without requiring adherence to any particular interpretation of religion or to any particular religious belief or creed. We actively support members and friends of our community in times of celebration and crisis.
We communicate open-minded respect in our interactions with each other. We strive for supportive relationships, encourage healthy dialogue, and manage conflict in fair and positive ways. We are especially mindful of our children and youth, and work to ensure their safety and security.
We give generously out of an abundance mentality. We are wise stewards of our financial resources.
We assist each other in discovering and developing our talents. We find meaningful ways to use these gifts in leadership and service roles.
We are intentional about sharing who we are and what we stand for with people who have never before heard about Pathways or Unitarian Universalism.
We engage in outward directed service opportunities that make a difference in Northeast Tarrant County and the world.
We strive for excellence in all our undertakings and hold ourselves accountable to the DNA in kind and positive ways, mindful of our limitations. We seek opportunities for innovation and improvement in all that we do.