About 4th Principle
Unitarian Universalists often say, we don't have to believe alike to love alike. While this is true, UUs do commit to upholding 7 Principles. These aren't a creed exactly. They are a declaration of covenant, a way of being in community when we all believe different things.
The 4th of these principles is a "free and responsible search for truth and meaning." It's easy to imagine this as an intellectual pursuit. But something happens when we consciously apply the 4th principle using our bodies and our hearts. What does it mean to search for meaning with your heart? This experience is different for everyone, but it is similar to trusting your gut. The body doesn't lie. And if you are brave enough to face the truths it's telling you, you will discover deep meaning.
In 2001, when I got sober, my 12-step sponsor told me to pray to the God of my understanding. I was raised Catholic and wasn't sure anymore what I understood God to be. But I was desperate to stay sober. My search for this God, which I soon identified as a version of the 4th Principle of Unitarian Universalism, has kept me sober ever since.
But to "search" for meaning is a bit of a misnomer. It suggests we are looking for something that is already there, when in fact, we are often making the meaning as we go along. We are writing the story. While we can't control what happens to us, we can say what it means. This is the 4th Principle in action. And for addicts like me, it is much more than an intellectual pursuit. It is life-saving, life-giving spiritual work.
At 4th Principle we are committed to creating community and companioning for those who are on this journey, recovering from addiction through a spiritual search for meaning.
Thank you for visiting our website. I invite you to contact us for more information about how we can support you and your congregation.
-Jessica Star Rockers, Executive Director