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Unitarian Universalism is a democratic, pluralistic religious community which encourages each individual to develop a personal religious philosophy and which emphasizes social and environmental concerns.
As Unitarian Universalists, we celebrate the inherent worth and dignity of every person and seek to build a peaceful, just, and compassionate society. At the heart of our faith, therefore, is a commitment to democracy—not only as a form of government but as a moral value that lifts our lives beyond the self-centered and mundane and gives meaning to our existence.
Our denomination is unique because every Unitarian Universalist has the right to develop a personal philosophy of life, without being told what to believe. We can learn from all philosophies and religions, and also from science and the arts. We explore important life issues in a caring community, united by shared values rather than by shared theological opinions.
Unitarian Universalists have different religious beliefs but share a common faith. We know that life is holy, that each person is worthy, and that, when we join together to plant the seeds of love, the world blossoms.
In our faith, God is not a given, God is a question. God is not defined for us, God is defined by us.
Unitarian Universalism is a non-judgmental religious home that will accept and support you wherever you may be in life’s journey.
The Unitarian side of our family tree tells us that there is only one God, one Spirit of Life, one Power of Love. The Universalist side tells us that God is a loving God, condemning none of us, and valuing the spark of divinity that is in every human being. So Unitarian Universalism stands for one God, no one left behind.
Hosea Ballou, the great Universalist preacher of the nineteenth century, was arguing the question of eternal damnation with a Methodist man of the cloth. Ballou quoted a number of Bible verses that showed the love of God for all, but the Methodist minister was unconvinced. “Brother Ballou,” he remonstrated, “if I were a Universalist, and feared not the fires of hell, I could hit you over the head, steal your horse and saddle and ride away and I’d still go to heaven!” “If you were a Universalist,” Ballou replied, “the idea would never occur to you.”
At a Unitarian Universalist church, it's always BYOB - bring your own belief.
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