Are You a UU Without Knowing It?
Are you searching for a spiritual home?
Do you feel as if you’ve lost your faith but still yearn for a religious community where you will be accepted as you are?
Can you no longer believe the religious doctrines you were taught to believe?
Have you rejected the notion of a wrathful God, a God whom you should fear, a God who would punish you for your sins, or for not believing in him?
Have you been taken to task for having “wrong” beliefs?
Are you seeking a religious community that embraces and celebrates diversity of many kinds, and where you will be accepted for who you are?
Are you seeking a religious community in which you can follow the dictates of your own reason and conscience?
Are you seeking a place where you can open your mind and heart to whatever is inspiring, sustaining, transforming and redeeming in life, without dogma and orthodoxy?
Are you seeking a place where you can engage in a free and responsible search for religious truth, supported by others who are doing this as well?
Are you seeking a religious community that takes the problems and possibilities of this world seriously, and tries actively to help heal and sustain it?
If so, you may be one of us.
[credit to Beverly Unitarian Church]
Unitarian Universalism affirms and promotes seven Principles, grounded in the humanistic teachings of the world’s religions. Our spirituality is unbounded, drawing from scripture and science, nature and philosophy, personal experience and ancient tradition as described in our six Sources. More about the UU faith.
The Seven Principles
Our congregation holds membership in the Unitarian Universalist Association. As a member congregation of the UUA we uphold these seven 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.
The Six Sources
These are the six sources our congregations affirm and promote:
- 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.
Learn more at www.uua.org
The Greater UU Community
AUUC is part of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the UUA Central East Region and the Northern Virginia Cluster. Primary Contact for the Northern Virginia Cluster is Rev. Megan Foley ([email protected], 301-535-2956)
The congregations in the UUA Northern Virginia Cluster include:
- Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church, Alexandria
- Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church of Arlington
- UU Church of Loudon, Leesburg
- Bull Run UUs, Manassas
- UU Congregation of Fairfax, Oakton
- UU Church in Reston
- UU Church of Shenandoah Valley, Stephens City
- UUs of Sterling
- UUs of the Blue Ridge, Washington
AUUC is also part of the Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice of the National Capital Region (UUSJ)