Vision, Mission & Beliefs

Our Vision

An inclusive religious community, a beacon for reason, meaning and bold social action.

Our Mission

To celebrate dignity and respect for all, nurture lifelong spiritual growth, act for justice and equality, and serve the wider community.

Eight Principles of Unitarian Universalism, our Developmental Goals & our Six Sources

We are a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association. We affirm and promote eight principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides.

 

They are:

 

First Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

Second Principle: Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;

Third Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;

Fourth Principle: free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

Fifth Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;

Sixth Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

Seventh Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are apart.

**NEW** 8th Principle: We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.

 

We practice these principles in our daily lives, drawing on the wisdom and spirituality from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture from many religions, diverse spiritual practices, and personal experience.

Creating a culture of mutual trust between the congregation, lay leadership, 

UUC's Developmental Goals:

As devoted as we are to our principles and honoring each other, we do recognize that, as humans, we are perfectly imperfect. As we honor our human nature, we strive to do better. To that end, we have devised some Developmental Goals.  In the true spirit of Unitarian Universalism, we anticipate that these will be periodically revised to address new opportunities that we face as a community. 

  • Creating a culture of mutual trust between the congregation, lay leadership, staff and minister 

  • Strengthening our ability to have healthy disagreements that deepen relationships 

  • Moving from an “iChurch” to a “We Church”, balancing individual needs with Beloved Community 

  • Creating a congregation of encompassing hospitality, prompting multifaceted growth at UUC 

Unitarian Universalist Six Sources
The living tradition we share draws from these six 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.

Source: UUA