At our worship services you will hear readings, prayers, and perspectives from many religious and philosophical traditions. And sitting in those pews next to you will be people who identify as Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Humanist, Atheist, Taoist or other religious perspectives who come to a Unitarian Universalist church because they recognize that no philosophy or religious tradition can perfectly describe ultimate truth or meaning.
The early Unitarian Minister William Ellery Channing wrote about a religious education theory of faith development that could be applied to people of all ages—
The great end in religious instruction is not to stamp our minds upon the young, but to stir up their own;
Not to make them see with our eyes, but to look inquiringly and steadily with their own;
Not to give them a definite amount of knowledge, but to inspire a fervent love of truth;
Not to bind them by ineradicable prejudices to our particular sect of peculiar notions, but to prepare them for impartial, conscientious judging of whatever subjects may be offered to their decision;
Not to burden the memory, but to quicken and strengthen the power of thought;
Not to impose religion upon them in the form of arbitrary rules, but to awaken the conscience, the moral discernment, in a word, the great end is to awaken the soul, to excite the soul, to excite and cherish spiritual life.