This page contains sources of inspiration and the roots of our vision and mission here at SunPoint.
Unitarian Universalist Seven Principles
- 1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- 2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
- 3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- 4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- 5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- 6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- 7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Vows of Active Hope from Joanna Macy
I vow to myself and each of you:
- To commit myself daily to the healing of our world and the welfare of all beings.
- To live on Earth more lightly and less violently in the food, products and energy I consume.
- To draw strength and guidance from the living Earth, the ancestors, the future beings, and my brothers and sisters of all species.
- To support each other in our work for the world and to ask for help when I feel the need.
- To pursue a daily practice that clarifies my mind, strengthens my heart and supports me in observing these vows.
The Four Agreements
- Be Impeccable with your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.
- Don’t Take Anything Personally: Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
- Don’t Make Assumptions: Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
- Always Do Your Best: Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.
- “The Places That Scare You” ~ Pema Chödrön
- “Be Here Now” ~ Ram Dass
- “Hsin-Hsin Ming” ~ Tseng Tsan
- “You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
- “World As Lover, World As Self” ~ Joanna Macy
- “When Things Fall Apart” ~ Pema Chödrön
- “The Power of Now” ~ Eckhart Tolle
- “Emptiness Dancing” ~ Adyashanti
- “The Essential Rumi” ~ Jalal al-Din Rumi (translated by Coleman Barks)