About Unitarian Universalism

About Unitarian Universalism

Unitarian Universalist congregations are made up of members with a diverse set of beliefs. Our members and friends draw from many faith traditions: Atheist, Buddhist, Christian, Humanist, Pagan, and others.

We are unified by a commitment to shared values, namely our Seven Principles. Our congregation promotes these principles through regular worship, learning and personal growth, shared connection, social justice, and much more.

The Seven Principles

  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person.
  2. Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.
  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth.
  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
  5. The right of conscience, and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and society at large.
  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
UUCE congregants pose after erecting a Black Lives Matter banner in front of the church building

Social Action

As UUs, we know that what we do with our beliefs is just as important as what they are. We know that active, tangible expressions of love, justice, and peace are what make a difference. We’ll always strive to be creators of positive change in people, and in the world.

“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.”

Margaret Fuller

The Chalice

Unitarian Universalism’s religious symbol is a flaming chalice that represents many different things: the flame of hope, the warmth of community, and the light of reason.

Our chalice is inscribed with religious symbols that represent the various faiths of our congregants. We begin each service by lighting the chalice flame, signifying our community coming together to create sacred space, and the service ends at its extinguishing.

UUs have some of our own holidays and traditions

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is the central UU organization in the United States. They have additional resources for learning more about Unitarian Universalism on the UUA website.