Service on August 21, 2022

On Dignity: Unitarian Universalism’s First Principle

August 21, 2022

Lyndon Harris

The first principle of Unitarian Universalism is “The inherent worth and dignity in
every person.” But what does that mean? One way to find clarity regarding the word and
experience of dignity is to consider its opposite: humiliation. Humiliation is a visceral
reality that is much more recognizable in human experience. Movies and popular media are much more adept at conveying humiliation than dignity. But claiming and working for human dignity, in accordance with our first principle, is essential for manifesting peace in the world. The first sentence of Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) states, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” Join us Sunday August 21st for a conversation about the importance of dignity for world peace. We will borrow ideas from Dr. Evelin Lindner, the founding president of the Nobel Prize nominated Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies research institute (www.humiliationstudies.org).

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