Sources of Living Traditions

The living traditions we share draw from many sources:

  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces that create and uphold life
  • Words and deeds of prophetic women and men that challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love
  • Wisdom from the world's religions that inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life
  • Jewish and Christian teachings that call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves
  • Humanist teachings that counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit
  • Spiritual teaching of Earth-centered traditions that celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature
  • Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As free congregations, we enter into this covenant promising to one another our mutual trust and support.