Welcome to Unitarian Universalism, a religion that celebrates diversity of belief and is guided by Seven Principles. Our congregations are places where we gather to nurture our spirits and put our faith into action through social justice work in our communities and the wider world. There is a rich dialogue in our congregations about many spiritual topics. While our congregations uphold shared principles, individual Unitarian Universalists may discern their own beliefs about spiritual, ethical, and theological issues.
Newcomers are always welcome in Unitarian Universalist congregations. There is no formal conversion process, so becoming a Unitarian Universalist is simply a matter of self-identification. Membership is voluntary and is an invitation to live out the UU principles and support the work of the congregation both with time and treasure.
Our Unitarian Universalist faith has evolved in the United States since 1793 through a long history, with theological origins in centuries-old European Christian traditions. Today Unitarian Universalism is a non-creedal faith which allows individual Unitarian Universalists the freedom to search for truth on many paths.
Unitarian Universalists have long recognized that human beings are born into a state of freedom, and that what we choose to do with our freedom is a tremendous individual responsibility.
Because of this, Unitarian Universalists are not free to "believe whatever we want." Rather, we are compelled to claim the truth of our experience, test it in spiritual community, and use whatever gifts of intellect and inspiration life has endowed us with for the greater common good.
We believe in using our ability to think. We have long recognized that once upon a time ancient truth came into the world through human minds and hearts. We believe that sacred texts were once upon a time created by inspired, gifted human beings, whether or not they were inspired by God. But more importantly, we don't think that every great idea has yet seen the light of day. We think that new truth will continue to be discovered.
As much as we value the individual, we also have a great love of community. What holds us together in spiritual community is our freely made agreement to a shared set of common principles. We are a covenantal religious tradition, which means that our sacred promises to one another in all our relationships hold us together.