Come, come, whoever you are.
Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving.
It doesn't matter.
Ours is a caravan of despair.
Come even if you have broken your vow
A thousand times
Come, yet again, come, come.
-RUMI, Sufi poet and mystic
Unitarian Universalism: A Liberal Religion
With its historical roots in the Jewish and Christian traditions, Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion--that is, a religion that keeps an open mind to the religious questions people have struggled with in all times and places.
We believe that personal experience, conscience and reason should be the final authorities in religion, and that in the end, religious authority lies not in a book or person or institution, but in ourselves. We are a "non-creedal" religion: we do not ask anyone to ascribe to a creed.
As Unitarian Universalists, we are proud of our efforts to maintain open minds in the search for truth. We see the development of personal religion as an ongoing and ever-changing task. We seek religious insights and understandings within all expressions of the human spirit: science, art, poetry, philosophy as well as the traditions of the world's great religions.
Our congregations are self-governing. Authority and responsibility are vested in the membership of the congregation. Each Unitarian Universalist congregation is involved in many kinds of programs.
Worship is held regularly, the insights of the past and the present are shared with those who will create the future, service to the community is undertaken, and friendships are made. A visitor to a UU congregation will very likely find events and activities such as church school, day-care centers, lectures and forums, support groups, poetry festivals, family events, adult education classes and study groups.
What Do We Believe?
Unitarian Universalism is a religion that is beyond belief. We won't ask you to try to believe what you find unbelievable. We do affirm fundamental values, which we refer to as our Seven Principles, which help us be fully present as a community of faith. What you decide to be faithful in is entirely up to you. While we will never ask you to believe what you don't, we will ask you to love what you love and to be faithful to what you love. We commit ourselves to walk together on our path, to heal what is broken, to support each other in life's journey, to make a difference in our lives and in the world.
During services we recite the covenant of our church which is as follows:
- Love is the spirit of this church, and service it's law. This is our great covenant, to dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love, and to help one another.
To learn more about the Seven Principles and sources of our religion, click here.
Learn more about Unitarian Universalism by visiting the Unitarian Universalist Association website.
(Excerpts from We Are Unitarian Universalists, pamphlet #3047. Copyright Unitarian Universalist Association, 1995, and The Unitarian Universalist Pocket Guide. Copyright Unitarian Universalist Association, 2012)