UU FAQ

What do UUs believe in?

We are a non-creedal church -- "Deeds, not creeds," as the saying goes. We try to live by the following principles:

  • 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.

Are you a Christian church?

Our religion developed from a liberal Judeo-Christian heritage. Today, Unitarian Universalism draws from wisdom from the world’s religions, humanist teachings about the use of science and reason, and guidance from earth-centered traditions.

Is your minister going to tell me what I'm supposed to believe?

You will hear a variety of views and opinions from our pulpit. It's up to you to determine what you hold true.

You sound too good to be true. Are you a "real" religion?

We are a nationally recognized, tax-exempt religious organization with historical roots dating back to the eighteenth century. More than one thousand congregations make up the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).

I don't know if I believe in "God." Am I still welcome to attend your worship services?

Yes. Our members have a wide divergence of ideas about God. Some of our members are atheist, some believe in a traditional Christian concept of God, some find the presence of God in the natural world, along with many other ideas. If you are seeking, and want to pursue what feels true to you, you’ve come to the right place.

My partner and I are an interfaith couple. How are you going to view that?

Many of our members are interfaith couples. We affirm both of their faith backgrounds in our congregation.

Are my kids welcome in your worship services? What activities do you have for them? I have an infant, is that OK?

Children are enthusiastically welcomed. Children join the adults in the sanctuary for the first part of the service. After the children's story, they go to their classes with their teachers. Parents are welcome to accompany their children at this time, especially when visiting for the first time. Infants are welcome either to stay with you in the sanctuary or our nursery, depending on what makes you comfortable. Child care for infants and toddlers is available from 10:30am to 12:30pm.

I'm gay/lesbian/bi/transgender, how is your church going to react to that?

We value and celebrate diversity. Our GLBT members are an integral part of our community. Our church has been performing gay marriages and ordaining gay ministers since the 1970s.

What is your process of eventually becoming a member?

We ask that you attend Sunday services to get to know us and we invite you take part in the UU101 program offered by our minister several times a year. Ultimately the act of membership involves signing the Membership Book. You can ask the minister for help when that time comes.

What does it mean to become a member?

In our faith membership is an act of significance. It should be an affirmation of the joy and meaning you have found amidst us. We don’t take membership lightly in this church. We have a lot to offer but no one who sits back and waits passively for something to happen will get much benefit from being here. They have to get involved. Getting involved is an opportunity to improve your spiritual life. Commitment to spiritual exploration and growth is important for all members. As you get used to the group you will get satisfaction by welcoming others who are seeking into our congregation. Some members find working for social justice is an important component of their spiritual life. Many people find satisfaction giving their time and talents to activities in the church. As a self-governed, self-financed congregation, your participation is important to our community. Our church is governed by a board of trustees elected by our members. Sixty days after becoming a member, you are eligible to participate in our congregational meetings where we decide on important issues, vote on budgets, elect members to various boards etc.

Does becoming a member mean that I'm "converting" to Unitarian Universalism?

Unitarian Universalism does not have a concept of conversion. Many of our members view Unitarian Universalism as an additional identity. Ours is an encompassing faith. Many of our members identify themselves as Pagans, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, Muslims, Humanists, and other belief systems.

Is a financial commitment required of members? If so, what are you going to expect?

There is an expectation that members will make a financial contribution of record. We expect a monetary commitment because anything this worthwhile has value, and if it has value, it needs to be supported.

Is it OK for me to casually attend your church and get to know you better, without making any commitment for the time being?

Absolutely. We welcome you to attend Sunday worship with us. We think you will find it meaningful.