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17540 N. Avenue of the Arts
Surprise, AZ, 85378
United States

623-875-2550

President, Pat Lindgren

Our President - Pat Lindgren

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 Pat Lindgren

 Pat Lindgren

WELCOME

Join us in a church built in the spirit of caring, acceptance, compassion, and service.  Our seven principles are our guide:

·      We believe that each and every person is important.

·      We believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly.

·      We believe that we should accept one another and keep on learning together.

·      We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.

·      We believe that all persons should have a vote about the things that concern them.

·      We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world.

·      We believe in caring for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things.

         We are non-creedal:  there are no required beliefs about God, the after-life, or other religious questions, but we do learn from other religious.  We all have a common approach to life in our on-going search for meaning.

         The most common comment we hear from prospective members is:  “I’ve always been a UU.  I just didn’t know it!”

         Join us for Sunday service at 10:30 am. We have a thriving Children’s Religious Education program, an Adult Education program, concerts, Social Hour, service committees, and the warmth of just being together.

President's Message April  2017

When I began writing this on Sunday, March 12th, I taught the 1st – 4th grade RE class. Our lesson was about the fourth UU principle “A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” It started me remembering how I got to be a Unitarian Universalist. During the more than four decades that I lived in Southern California, I refi ned what it was that I did not believe and ultimately what I did believe. Here are some of the results of that thinking. I lived through the civil rights movement of the 60s and I did and do believe that, as Dr. King said, people should be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. I lived through the women’s movement of the 70s and I did and do believe that while there are physical diff erences between men and women, that both deserve equal rights to education, employment and control of their own bodies and destinies. From 1950 through today I lived through the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the war in Grenada, Operation Desert Storm, the war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq and countless other American military actions. I did and do believe that war does not solve problems and that most American wars are fought for the benefi t of the military-industrial complex. I lived through the start of the environmental movement in the 1980s and 90s and continuing to today. I did and do believe that we must care for the earth and its resources and preserve it for our future generations. I lived through the gay rights movement of the 90’s and 2000’s and still ongoing. I saw DOMA overturned and the Supreme Court allow same sex marriage in all 50 states. I did and do believe that sexual orientation is not a choice and marriage is not the same as holy matrimony. If a church wants to discriminate against LGBTs they do not have the right to impose their opinions on society. I missed voting for John F Kennedy because I was only 19 and the voting age then was 21, but I have voted in every election I was eligible for since then. I did and do believe in democracy and in the privilege and responsibility of citizens of a democracy to vote. I read books, newspapers, magazines of all kinds. I did and do believe in a free press and in the search for truth. Th ese are the things my life experiences taught me. When I came to this church for the fi rst time in 2007, I found everything I believed embodied in the seven Unitarian Universalist principles. I was astonished to fi nd a faith that so closely matched what I found in my free and responsible search for truth and meaning

Pat Lindgren, President