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Unitarian Universalism

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What We Believe

"Freedom of belief is the characteristic theme of contemporary Unitarian Universalism.  We are a non-creedal church.  There is no doctrinal test for membership.  Instead, we have chosen a heritage that places the final authority for religious questions not with a book, the Bible, nor with an institution, the church, but with reason and individual conscience.  A Unitarian Universalist, led by his or her reason and conscience to a belief in the unique mission of Jesus, may sit beside another Unitarian Universalist similarly led, who denies the existence of God.

We tolerate, proudly, a wide range of theological belief.  We say, and we would mean in our hearts, 'Here, let no man or woman of good will ever be a stranger'."

Reverend Dr. Walter F. Wieder

Unitarian Universalist Church in Surprise, Arizona

 

Who We Are

The formation of the American character, culture and political life was influenced by such Unitarians and Universalists as: Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, Thomas Paine, Ethan Allen, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott, Henry David Thoreau and Joseph Priestley.

Unitarian Universalism has been in the forefront of the struggle for human rights throughout our history.  Theodore Parker's harboring of fugitive slaves and support of the abolitionist movement, leaders in the women's rights movement, including Margaret Fuller and Susan B. Anthony, and civil rights leaders such as Whitney Young and James Reeb exemplify our struggle.

The first woman ordained by any denomination was Olympia Brown, a Universalist.  Today, UU has a significant number of women serving as senior pastors of major churches.  For over 25 years, Unitarian Universalism has also been in the forefront of the battle for gay rights, ordaining openly gay ministers and celebrating gay unions.

 

Invitation to People Considering Membership

Membership is open to any person in sympathy with the principles and purposes of this church, as evidenced by their signing of the Membership Book in the presence of the minister or a church officer.  Anyone considering membership is encouraged to speak with the minister to make an appointment for discussion and questions about the Unitarian Universalist Church and Unitarian Universalism.

 

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