Unitarian Universalism is a caring, open-minded religion that encourages seekers to follow their own spiritual paths. Our faith draws on many religious sources, welcoming people with different beliefs. We are united by shared values, not by creed or dogma.
UU members explore and variably embrace, each according to his/her conscience, the best elements of humanism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, earth-based religions, scientific explanations, and/or indeed any expression of the “divine” or the “humane” – including agnosticism and atheism. UUs generally support the concept that humans are a part of the interconnected web of all life, that we are stewards of our planet, and that we have a duty to leave this world and society a better place than how we found it.
Our congregations are places where we gather to nurture our spirits and put our faith into action by working toward social justice in our communities and the wider world. There is no formal conversion process, so becoming a Unitarian Universalist (UU) is simply a matter of self-identification. Newcomers are always welcome at UU churches. Membership in local congregations is voluntary and does not require renouncing other religious affiliations or practices.
Beliefs and Values
Unitarian Universalism is a theologically diverse religion in which members support one another in our individual search for truth and meaning. We have historic roots in the Jewish and Christian traditions, but today individual Unitarian Universalists may identify with Atheism, Agnosticism, Buddhism, Humanism, Islam, Paganism, or with other philosophical or religious traditions. Interfaith families often find that Unitarian Universalist congregations are a good fit for them.
We promote reason and tolerance in our communities and embrace a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
As members of a non-creedal religious tradition, we Unitarian Universalists are encouraged to discern our own beliefs about various spiritual topics. Our members hold wide-ranging opinions on topics like the afterlife, God, and scripture. What unites us is our acceptance of diverse spiritualties and our commitment to making the world a better place for everyone.
The Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA’s) seven principles express the shared values that UUA member congregations affirm and promote. Many Unitarian Universalists find rich personal and theological meaning in these principles.