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Our Principles and Values

Unitarian-Universalism is a liberal, non-creedal religion that emphasizes the inherent worth and dignity of each individual while at the same time recognizing the interdependent web of existence of which we are all a part. Promoting equity, democratic justice and compassion for all living things, it is based on respect for individuals, their uniqueness of spirit and the value of seeking one’s own truths.

Unicamp acknowledges that each of us has special qualities and talents to share and Unicamp is based on a long tradition of cooperation and caring in a relaxed and respectful environment. We ask campers to help with chores such as tidying their dorm, cottage or campsite at the end of their stay, keeping the Unicamp experience affordable for everyone. We welcome members and friends from all UU congregations.

Principles of Unitarian Universalism

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:

  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person.
  2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations.
  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.
  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and within society at large.
  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all.
  7. Respect for the interdependent web of existence of which we are all a part.

Sources of Unitarian-Universalism

The Living Tradition we share draws from many sources:
  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life.
  • Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion and the transforming power of love.
  • Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life.
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbours as ourselves.
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against the idolatries of mind and spirit.
  • Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

Living the Seventh Principle

Clean Water

All our tap-water is safe to drink as we have both a chlorine and an ultraviolet treatment system.  The crystal clear water comes directly from a spring that bubbles from the ground right on property.  Please don’t bring commercial bottled water – it just adds to the earth’s pollution.  That bottled water is probably the same as water from the tap at Unicamp – we have 7 bottling companies nearby.

Clean Energy

Unicamp is reducing our carbon footprint and helping the environment.  We installed a solar panel to provide a water pre-heating system (you can see it on the roof of the shower house) and last year we installed an on demand hot water heater.  All of the lights in the dining hall and kitchen were replaced this year with new energy efficient ballasts and bulbs.  We have removed most of the outdoor lights and replaced them with solar lights. Using these lights not only saves electricity but greatly reduces light pollution, making the sky at Uncamp alive with stars.

Local Food

In 2010, we purchased our free range, grass fed beef from our neighbour, Carl Cosak (pvrbeef.ca), and this year we included a riding component in children’s and family camp with the help of Carl‘s horses.  Also, our neighbour across the road, Bobbi Marshall, provided most of the greens for our kitchen.   2010 Camp Director, Rebekah Jamieson, planted a garden and we harvested and ate our own produce until camp closed at Thanksgiving.  We also gathered an abundance of ripe juicy apples from the old orchard at camp.   Using our newly donated ciderpress we produced several dozen liters of Unicamp’s first vintage of crisp and tart apple cider.

Foraging for Food

Every Victoria Day weekend we provide a free workshop to gather and eat wild leeks, carrots, cattails and the exquisitely delicious gourmet wild Morel mushroom. This workshop is also available at the end of July focussing on wild berries.

Local Activism

Many of our seasonal campers and staff are working with NDACT on keeping a proposed quarry from opening nearby.  For information please visit www.ndact.com/NDACT/Welcome.html