Unitarian Universalism

We Welcome You!

Unitarian Universalism is an exciting, growing, and living faith tradition. We have a proud history which begins in the earliest days of the Christian faith with thinkers and leaders who proclaimed the oneness of God and the salvation of all. In the reformation, Unitarianism was (re)born as a faith of reason, religious tolerance, and commitment to faithful and compassionate living. Universalism and Unitarianism were vital and powerful forces at the beginning of the United States, when we led the way toward a more democratic vision of the religious and civic life. Our traditions were reborn again in transcendentalism, evolution, humanism, and the social gospel movement. We are now on the leading edge of creating and living a multireligious faith, a faith of deeds in place of creeds, a faith of hope in place of despair, and a faith of justice in place of apathy and oppression. We invite you to join us on this journey.

What do Unitarian Universalists Believe?

We are a non-creedal faith, and we neither advance or require a statement of belief. Our members and friends have religious and spiritual ideas drawn from a variety of sources: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Earth-Centered Traditions, Taoism, and varieties of mysticism, humanism, and skepticism. Sometimes we use the metaphor of "one mountain with many paths"-- that the source of truth is accessible in many ways. The Rev. Forrester Church popularized the idea of Unitarian Universalism as "the cathedral of the world" -- that one light (Unitarianism's belief in one holy power) entered the world through many differently-colored windows (Universalism).

There are, however, a set of values and principles which unite us. Two such statements have become popular. The first is a set of ten statements written by the Unitarian Universalist minister David O. Rankin. The second is the statement of principles and sources of our tradition, adopted by the Unitarian Universalist Association in 1985.

Unitarian Universalist Beliefs by the Rev. David O. Rankin

  • We believe in the freedom of religious expression. All individuals should be encouraged to develop their own personal theology, and to present openly their religious opinions without fear of censure or reprisal.
  • We believe in the toleration of religious ideas. All religions, in every age and culture, possess not only an intrinsic merit, but also a potential value for those who have learned the art of listening.
  • We believe in the authority of reason and conscience. The ultimate arbiter in religion is not a church, or a document, or an official, but the personal choice and decision of the individual.
  • We believe in the never-ending search for Truth. If the mind and heart are truly free and open, the revelations which appear to the human spirit are infinitely numerous, eternally fruitful, and wondrously exciting.
  • We believe in the unity of experience. There is no fundamental conflict between faith and knowledge, religion and the world, the sacred and the secular, since they all have their source in the same reality.
  • We believe in the worth and dignity of each human being. All people on earth have an equal claim to life, liberty and justice-and no idea, ideal or philosophy is superior to a single human life.
  • We believe in the ethical application of religion. Good works are the natural products of a good faith, the evidence of an inner grace that finds completion in social and community involvement.
  • We believe in the motive force of love. The governing principle in human relationships is the principle of love, which always seeks the welfare of others and never seeks to hurt or destroy.
  • We believe in the necessity of the democratic process. Records are open to scrutiny, elections are open to members, and ideas are open to criticism-so that people might govern themselves.
  • We believe in the importance of a religious community. The validation of experience requires the confirmation of peers, who provide a critical platform along with a network of mutual support.

UUA Principles and Sources

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 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.

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.
We are a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
We are part of the Central Midwest District of the UUA.
An active Denominational Affairs committee keeps us informed about activities of our partners in faith.