About Unitarian Universalism
What is Unitarian Universalism?
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In his sermon “One Light, Many Windows,” Reverend Forrest Church calls Unitarian Universalist (UU) churches “nothing less than little laboratories for the practice of E Pluribus Unum, out of many, one.” He goes on to say that the light of Truth shines in through many windows, and that no one window is clearer or better than the others.
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) the community of UU churches in the United States and Canada, is definitely an edifice with many windows. Attending the Anglican-style services at King’s Chapel in Boston (the oldest of our churches) is very different from the more informal and eclectic services held at, say, UU Church of Lexington, KY. Yet both are part of the UUA. Likewise, any given UU church will contain people of many paths, who see the light through many different windows—Christian, Humanist, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, and others. In this way, as Forrest Church says, Unitarian Universalism is a quintessentially American tradition, a unity of incredibly diverse elements—not by accident does he use E Pluribus Unum, the motto of the United States, as descriptive of our places of worship.
Unitarian Universalism has its roots in Protestant Christian theology but affirms the wisdom and value of all faiths as well as the importance of intellectual inquiry. In our churches, no one is asked to ascribe to any creed; each of us finds Truth in our own way, and each of us is responsible for our own journey. We come together so that we may learn from each other, and so that we may share our joys and our sorrows along the way. We seek to show, to a world increasingly divided by artificial boundaries, that people of different beliefs can come together in peace.