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We Unitarian Universalists do not have a creed which we are required to believe, nor do we have a single sacred text we revere as the revealed Word of God.

We recognize that everyone, atheists included, is on a road to spiritual understanding and belief, and we welcome him (or her) to join us, wherever they may be along their individual path.

So every Sunday morning, instead of a creed ("I believe in One God, the Father almighty, the maker of heaven and earth..."), we have a covenant we make with each other and with the universe which we recite in unison:

Love is the doctrine of this church,
The search for truth is its sacrament,
And service is its prayer.

To dwell together in peace,
To seek knowledge in freedom,
To serve humanity in fellowship,
Thus do we covenant.

I've been thinking about this way we have of reaffirming each Sunday how we want to be with each other in community, taking "community" in the sense of both our congregation and also the wider community around us.

If our community, our country, our world, could dwell together in peace, could have the freedom to seek knowledge both scientific and spiritual, and could see the value in serving humanity rather than just amassing wealth and possessions in a patriarchal hierarchy...

it would be a very different world from the one we have now.

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