About Unitarian Universalism
Voices of a Liberal Faith
Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion that embraces theological diversity.
Our faith has evolved through a long history with origins in European Christian traditions. Unitarian Universalism today is the result of the 1961 consolidation of the American Unitarian Association and the Universalist Church of America.
While our congregation upholds shared principles, individual Unitarian Universalists may discern their own beliefs about theological issues. As there is no official Unitarian Universalist creed, Unitarian Universalists are free to search for truth on many paths.
We welcome people who identify with and draw inspiration from Atheism and Agnosticism, Buddhism, Christianity, Humanism, Judaism, Paganism, and other religious or philosophical traditions.
The Seven Principles
There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote:
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Sources of our Faith
Unitarian Universalism (UU) draws from many 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.
These principles and sources of faith are the backbone of our religious community.
Links to other UU-related sites and churches
- Unitarian Universalist Association
- Central Midwest District of the Unitarian Universalist Association
- SEWUUC - Southeastern Wisconsin Unitarian Universalist Congregations
- First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee - Milwaukee, WI
- Unitarian Universalist Church West - Brookfield, WI
- Lake County Unitarian Universalist Church - Delafield, WI
- Bradford Community Church, Unitarian Universalist - Kenosha, WI
- Olympia Brown Unitarian Church - Racine, WI
- United Unitarian and Universalist Church of Mukwonago
- UUWorld Magazine, published by the UUA
- CLF - The Church of the Larger Fellowship
- Unitarian Universalist Association Bookstore