BDSM and UU Principles

Do the principles and practices of BDSM fit in with those of Unitarian Universalism?  Yes!

* The inherent worth and dignity of every person

We believe that each person should be treated with respect, regardless of their gender, sexual/affectional orientation, ethnicity, political views, relationship status or preferred means of sexual or erotic expression.

* Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations

We believe strongly in consent, fair treatment, and personal freedom, whether in sexual/relational matters or any other human endeavor.

* Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth

BDSM is not just about finding new ways to express our sexuality.  There is often a spiritual component where participants explore one another’s emotions, desires and limitations.

* A free and responsible search for meaning and truth

The freedom to engage in consensual BDSM – or any form of sexual or erotic expression – is balanced by the responsibility for the safety and well-being of all involved.

 * The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and society at large

 As a misunderstood and often persecuted group, we are fully aware of the need for personal freedom, due process, civil discourse and social tolerance.

* The goal of a world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all

The BDSM community is a diverse worldwide community, where people of all backgrounds can share ideas with other kinksters and find or build safe spaces to express their desires and share erotic pleasure.  We also build bridges with other communities, both out of common cause and to build common understanding.

* Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

Our respect for one another is part of the respect we hold for all life.