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Our Beliefs
Unitarian Universalists emphasize life and living rather than a creed. We discuss such questions as, “What does life mean?” “What is the meaning of good and evil?” and “What happens when we die?” and by doing so, we are enriched by a diversity of beliefs as we grow spiritually together. We value freedom of thought as the right of all people, and practice tolerance of others’ beliefs. To us, these are more important than creed. Our churches are democratic, loving communities where we all learn together and reach out to one another.

UU Principles
The Unitarian Universalist Association affirms and promotes the following principles:
• The inherent worth and dignity of every person
• Justice, equality 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

Our Covenant
We believe in freedom, love, and reason in religion.
We commit ourselves to an organized religious community, recognizing the greater effectiveness of common effort.
We come together to enrich our spiritual lives, to share our ideals, and to increase our sensitivity to the needs of others.
We believe we can achieve our goals without conforming to set theological doctrines.
We welcome and offer friendship to kindred spirits of any race, nationality, sexual orientation or religious background.
Within the limits of our abilities and in keeping with our personal choices we dedicate our time, effort, and financial support to this Congregation.

The history of our denomination goes back many centuries. Our American forbears include John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Clara Barton, Susan B.Anthony, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Adlai Stevenson.
Unitarian and Universalist churches grew out of the Judeo-Christian heritage. Unitarians emphasized the unity of God, an alternative to the doctrine of the trinity. Universalists emphasized belief in universal salvation, an alternative to the notion that only the select few could be saved. In 1961, the Unitarian and Universalist movements merged into the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) which now has more than 1,000 affiliated congregations in the United States and Canada.