About Unitarian Universalism

If you’ve ever thought, “I want a religion that respects the differences between people and affirms every person as an individual,” or “I want a church that values children, that welcomes them on their own terms…a church they are eager to attend on Sunday morning,” or even “I want a church that acts locally and thinks globally on the great issues of our time…world peace; women’s rights; racial justice; homelessness; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender rights; and protection of the environment,” then a Unitarian Universalist church may be just the place for you.   

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 subscribe to a creed.   

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.

Excerpts from “ We Are Unitarian Universalists, pamphlet #3047) © Unitarian Universalist Association, 1995