New to UU?
If you have stumbled upon this page only to discover that you have never heard of Unitarian Universalism, never fear! To assist those who may be unfamiliar with our faith, I have included helpful links along the way. Simply look for the links in each entry and click away!
If you are searching for a more straight-forward approach to your “new-to-UU” education, start by checking out some of the links below.
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Those who are new to Unitarian Universalism may initially believe that we are a relatively young religious movement; and while it is true that the Unitarian Universalist Association of congregations wasn’t created until 1961, the Unitarian and Universalist churches and theology have existed separately for centuries evolving from Jewish and Christian traditions eventually to the theologically diverse UU faith of today.
You may even be surprised to find out that there have been many prominent Unitarians and Universalists throughout history. From founding father Thomas Jefferson to women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony, and from beloved author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. to architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Unitarians and Universalists have filled the pages of our history books and, with our constant devotion to peace, equality and justice, we will continue to do so well into the future. You may have noticed a UU presence in protests, school board meetings, farmers markets and libraries. Throughout history UUs have been a constant presence fighting for justice and compassion. Among the issues we have been dedicated to are women’s rights, equal marriage rights, civil rights, comprehensive sex education and for immigrant rights among our many .
Every Unitarian Universalist church is just as unique as each individual UU; each congregation is made up of members who hold wonderfully diverse theologies that were formed in many different ways. Because we are creed-less in nature, you will find Humanists, Christians, Atheists, Buddhists, Jews, Agnostics, and just about any other theology or spiritual practice you could possibly imagine! A UU congregation is a great place for people who are searching for a safe place to explore many different ideas and ways of being.
We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association covenant to affirm and promote:
The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
The Chalice is the symbol of our faith; among it’s many meanings, the chalice powerfully represents our commitment to social justice, love, and community. UUs all over the world begin worship or other sacred time by lighting a chalice.
Above all, I love Unitarian Universalism because of our devotion to the questions and not just answers. Come join the journey and visit a UU congregation near you!