WHAT IS UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM?
Unitarian Universalism is a community of people of all different beliefs and backgrounds who are committed to love, justice and compassion. You can find out more at the Unitarian Universalist Association website.
Unitarian Universalists often say "we need not think alike to love alike." At 4th Principle, we believe you don't need to think alike to get sober together either. Every path is honored and everyone is welcome.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY A "FREE AND RESPONSIBLE SEARCH"?
Unitarian Universalist minister Rev. Jaco ten Hove says, "As UUs we don't believe what we want. We believe what we must." We believe what we are called--what we are compelled by our inner knowing--to believe. As recovering addicts, we believe what we must in order to survive. Discovering and owning our beliefs is that free and responsible search for truth and meaning. It is free because it is ours alone, no one can dictate to us what we must believe. And it is responsible because while we are individuals, we are also part of a community. And we commit to holding the tension of what we are called to believe with what we know the world needs from us.
WHAT Is the 4th Principle?
Unitarian Universalists affirm the 7 Principles. The 4th Principle is a "free and responsible search for truth and meaning." For some people, this means a relationship to a Higher Power or God. For other people, this simply means a commitment to making meaning out of their lives. While you can't control what happens to you, you can find the meaning in your experiences. And it is our experience at 4th Principle that this meaning has the potential to save your life.
HOW CAN I TELL IF I'M AN ADDICT?
Only you can self-identify as an addict. But if you think you might be struggling with addiction, 4th Principle can help.
Where do I begin?
Begin a daily spiritual practice.
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