Unity in Diversity

We affirm our common humanity with all human beings and our commitment to truly value each person regardless of how different they are from us.

All: We celebrate our unity in our diversity

 

We acknowledge that there is a longing for a spirituality which is person-centred, humane, truth-seeking, open to doubt and questioning, and in tune with our understanding of the natural world. We hope for one which supports human growth and development, encourages love of others, particularly those who are looked down on by society, and champions social justice.  We believe that this should be the core of our faith and lives.

All: We celebrate our unity in our diversity

 

We acknowledge with gratitude that there are many people of all faiths, and of none, who have a strong commitment to seeking the truth, to loving others, and promoting social justice and human rights.

All: We celebrate our unity in our diversity

 

We believe that the lack of love and social justice in the world is at the root of most of the evil in the world. Those whose being has not been able to flourish in a spirit of love can become bitter, trapped in their own inadequacies and fears, and wish to prevent others who are different from them from flourishing by engaging in oppressive and sometimes deeply cruel acts. This makes unconditional selfless love and acceptance crucial to the healing of these deep wounds.

All: We celebrate our unity in our diversity

 

We affirm the integrity of creation. We recognise that human life is rooted in and dependent on the earth and that all of life is bound up in an amazingly complex evolutionary tapestry. Everything is interconnected and how we live and act has effects far beyond what we can see. We are called to respect the earth and life in all its diversity and to secure the earth’s bounty for present and future generations. We acknowledge that the oneness and wonder of the universe and human responsibility for the stewardship of the planet should be central to a life of faith.

All: We celebrate our unity in our diversity

 

We believe that no faith has an exclusive claim on truth.  We recognise that we have much to learn from the ideas, actions and writings of other faiths. Dialogue with those of other faiths can be a rich and valuable experience for those of all faiths and of none.

All: We celebrate our unity in our diversity

 

We recognise that we need to be constantly open to new insights, knowledge and ideas and to embrace scientific progress where it improves our understanding of the world and our ability to protect and preserve it, but oppose it when it increases the ability to kill or damage living things or the planet.

All: We celebrate our unity in our diversity

 

We celebrate the opportunity to be able to meet, discuss and share with others from diverse backgrounds. We acknowledge that we are all richer and more fully human as a result.

All: We celebrate our unity in our diversity

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