UURN -- Unitarian Universalist Religious Naturalists


About UURN
English (USA)

We find our sources of meaning within the natural world, where humans are understood to be emergent from and hence a part of nature. Our religious quest is informed and guided by the deepening and evolving understandings fostered by scientific inquiry. It is also informed and guided by the mindful understandings inherent in our human traditions, including art, literature, philosophy, and the religions of the world.
The natural world and its emergent manifestations in human creativity and community are the focus of our immersion, wonder, and reverence, and our common naturalistic orientation generates our shared sense of place, gratitude, and joy.
We find fundamental components of religious response in:
Apprehension of our mortality and transience, combined with gratitude for the moment of existence that is ours;
Awe that we and all that surrounds us exist at all;
An understanding that we are embedded in an incomprehensibly immense whole that pre-exists us, will continue after us, and does not depend on us, but in which we have a role to play;
An understanding that we share our existence and our fate with all other creatures on Earth, with whom we are deeply related; and
An appreciation of the existence of other self-aware beings with whom we can share our understandings, identify, and empathize.
We acknowledge as well a shared set of values and concerns pertaining to peace, justice, dignity, responsible freedom, the richness of ethnic, cultural, and ecological diversity, and planetary sustainability. We are committed to furthering the realization of these values and are convinced that the naturalistic perspective has much to offer in this process.

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