People have asked me about the title of this online magazine , "UU A Way Of Life", and I have responded that Unitarian Universalism is not just another religious belief, a religious denomination from which to choose in the market place of churches, but rather it is a way of life.
The seven principles are the basis of a covenant that we make with other people, and with the Spirit of Life to live according to certain principles. These principles are grounded in what Adulous Huxley calls the perennial philosophy which means that these seven principles are drawn from at least 6 sources.
Rather than being a religious faith which often mocked for its superficiality because of it lack of a creed and dogma, Unitarian Universalisk is a deep and rich faith requiring ongoing effort if it guiding principles are to be implemented and manifested at a deep level in a person's life. Unitarian Universalism is not a faith for sissies, or the immature. It does not lull the adherent into a false sense of security with easy answers but requires a grappling, a struggle with transcendent ideas that challenge the adherent to live a life which is a work of art in progress.
Unitarian Universalism is not a belief system. It does not require or even encourage a simple conversion experience of accepting belief in a deity and then being "born again". Rather Unitarian Universalism requires deep reflection, and meaning making that slowly takes over one's whole life and way of thinking, feeling, and behaving. One can't simply declare , "I'm a Unitarian Universalist" one actually has live one's life in covenant based on its principles which the person decides to affirm and promote. The covenantal understanding is similar to taking religious vows or vows to one's country or vows in marriage. When one decides to become a Unitarian Universalist one decides and agrees to take on a responsibility to live a life true to oneself, to one's fellow congregants, and most importantly to a vision of a better life, well lived based on the seven principles drawn from the six sources. This decision and agreement contributes to a life of purpose and meaning which is very deep, rich, nourishing, and satisfying.
Becoming a Unitarian Universalist is to answer a demanding call, the response to which is a path of meaning, fulfillment, and great joy.