Somerville, NJ Directions. Unitarian Universalism UU is a mainline religious organization with roots reaching back more than years. Universalism was organized in , and Unitarianism was organized in The two faiths consolidated into the Unitarian Universalist Association in This religion combines the richness of both faith traditions. Both groups trace their roots in North America to the early Massachusetts settlers and to the founders of the Republic.
Overseas, their heritage reach back centuries to pioneers in England, Poland, and Transylvania. UUism is creedless religion, meaning that we do not require members to adhere to dogma, or a specific belief system. We celebrate diversity of beliefs while we affirm and promote seven principles:. To read recent sermons delivered in our pulpit, visit our Reflections page. UUs come from all walks of life, races, cultures, sexual identities, and political and spiritual perspectives. Some UUs have made contributions large or lasting enough to make them well known, such as:.
Most UU congregations light a chalice at the start of worship services. UUCSH also lights small chalices at the start of Board of Trustee meetings and some small group gatherings as a way to focus our attention and purpose. To Deutsch, the image represented sacrifice and love. Unitarian Universalists today have many different interpretations of the image. The UUA provides services and resources that individual congregations cannot develop independently.
The Unitarian Universalist Association shall devote its resources to and exercise its corporate powers for religious, educational and humanitarian purposes. The primary purpose of the Association is to serve the needs of its member congregations, organize new congregations, ad extend and strengthen Unitarian Universalist institutions and implement its principles. The Association declares and affirms its special responsibility, and that of its member societies and organizations, to promote the full participation of persons in all of its and their activities and in the full range of human endeavor without regard to race, color, sex, disability, affectional or sexual orientation, age, or national origin; and without requiring adherence to any particular interpretation of religion or to any particular religious belief or creed.
Nothing herein shall be deemed to infringe upon the individual freedom of belief which is inherent in the Universalist and Unitarian heritages or to conflict with any statement of purpose, covenant, or bond of union used by any society unless such is used as a creedal test.
The UUA has a resource-rich website that you may enjoy visiting. Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. The UUSC, motivated since by liberal religious principles, works to promote justice, freedom, and self-determination in the US and worldwide. Conservative Forum for Unitarian Universalists. The Conservative Forum for Unitarian Universalists exists to ensure the expression of a full range of views on politics, economics and society, that while mainstream in society, are often not heard within the Unitarian Universalist movement.
Covenant of UU Pagans. The Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans is an organization dedicated to networking Pagan-identified Unitarian Universalists UUs , educating people about Paganism, promoting interfaith dialogue, developing Pagan liturgies and theologies, and supporting Pagan-identified UU religious professionals.
This group constitutes the principal organization representing Humanists in the Unitarian Universalist Association of congregations. Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship. This is a movement and organization of members who are interested in exploring liberal Christianity as we walk freely in the spirit of Jesus, growing our souls and the soul of the world.
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