About Unitarian Universalism
We are one of approximately 1,000 Unitarian Universalist congregations in the United States. Grounded in centuries of critical thinking, our particular progressive movement developed out of eighteenth-century liberal Christianity and from spiritual forebears who had a high valuation of the use of reason in spiritual matters. Their incisive scrutiny led them to theological positions at odds with the prevailing orthodoxy and sparked the formation of the American Unitarian Association and the General Convention of Universalists. In the 1800’s members of these groups helped lead efforts to abolish slavery, assure women’s rights, establish universal public education, and create adequate health care.
Unitarians and Universalists gradually expanded their focus to include an appreciation of other religious traditions and were significantly influenced by humanist thinking. In 1961 the two denominations consolidated to form the Unitarian Universalist Association. We now draw our religious understanding from many sources and believe in the responsibility of each individual to find her or his own most meaning-filled religious path guided by our affirmation of "the inherent worth and dignity of every person" and "respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part."
As members of an association of independent congregations, we covenant to affirm and promote the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism.
The living tradition which 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 neighbors as ourselves
- Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the 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.
These principles and sources of faith are the backbone of our religious community. Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As free congregations we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support.