Frequently Asked Questions
Are you a cult?
Absolutely not. Quite to the contrary; Unitarian Universalism is characterized by a lack of dogma and a complete openness to the free search for truth and answers. This is contrary to the operating modes of cults.
We are careful about the word “God”; the word God is much abused. Unitarian Universalists are more apt to speak of "reverence for life" (in the words of Albert Schweitzer, a Unitarian), the spirit of love or truth, the holy, or the gracious. This language is inclusive; it can be used with integrity by our theist and nontheist members.
Whatever we think about the word “God”, Unitarian Universalists generally agree that the fruits of religious belief matter more than beliefs about religion. So we usually speak more of the fruits: gratitude for blessings, worthy aspirations, the renewal of hope, and service on behalf of justice.
Beliefs - Jesus
Again, some of us do, some do not. Many Christians find their spiritual home at a UUA church But being a non-deity based religion, many of us honor Jesus along with other master teachers including Moses or the Buddha.
Unitarian Universalist Christians have understood Jesus as a savior because he was a God-filled human being, not a supernatural being. He was, and still is for many UUs, an exemplar, one who has shown the way of redemptive love, in whose spirit anyone may live generously and abundantly. Among us, Jesus' very human life and teaching have been understood as products of, and in line with, the great Jewish tradition of prophets and teachers. He neither broke with that tradition nor superseded it.
Beliefs - Bible
We do not think the Bible, Torah or Quuran, or any other spiritual guide, to be the exclusive source of truth. We respect the sacred literature of different religions, and we also value works of science, art, and social commentary. Unitarian Universalists aspire to truth as wide as the world-we look to find truth anywhere, universally.
Traditions and Ceremonies
We observe the rites of marriage and commitment, and celebrating births and deaths, not because they are required by some rule or dogma, but because in them we may voice our affection, hopes, and dedication.
At UUCL we celebrate many of the great religious holidays with enthusiasm. Whether we gather to celebrate Christmas, Passover, or the Hindu holiday Divali, we do so in a universal context, recognizing and honoring religious observances and festivals as innate and needful in all human cultures.
Beliefs - Christianity
No, it is not, if by Christian you mean the acceptance of any specific creedal belief whatsoever, and if adherence to that creed is necessary for salvation. Although we may acknowledge the Christian history of our faith, Christian stories and symbols are no longer primary for us.
Instead, we draw our personal faith from many sources: nature, intuition, other cultures, science, civil liberation movements, and so on.
Christianity is an important part of the UU history. Our core principles and practices were first articulated and established by liberal Christians. But we do not feel that Christianity, or any other creedal-based religion, has the answers for today’s world.
Unitarian Universalist Christians are considered heretics by those orthodox Christians who claim none but Christians are "saved." (Fortunately, not all the orthodox make that claim.)
Did you know the word “heretic” is based on an ancient Greek word meaning “to choose”? In that sense, we would wear the label as a badge of honor, as we feel everyone needs to make their own responsible choices about life and the world.
We sure do! For us, religious exploration, (RE), is a life-long commitment, starting with the smallest of people and never ending. We teach about the religions of the world, ethics and responsible decision making, respect for the earth and our ecosystems, and more. We do not teach dogma, nor do we say that there is only one way to think and believe. We teach people to conduct their own search, and we help provide the tools for free thought to conduct this search.
Yup, and we love ours. Click on the link on the home page to learn more about her, and her religious training. Better yet, come hear her. We love visitors!
They are fairly traditional. We greet one anther, sing hymns, listen to sermons, and share our joys and concerns with one another. You will generally leave intellectually and spiritually stimulated. You will never leave empty.
Beliefs - 1
Nothing. We have no creedal requirements. When you join you only have to you affirm your willingness to enter and to remain in a continuing and tolerant dialogue concerning the ways of truth and love, a dialogue within which free persuasion may occur; to share in our fellowship and in our corporate decision making; and to support with your gifts of energy and money our common work for the common good.
Beliefs - 2
Nope. You cannot believe that you have the right to work counter to our Unitarian Universalist Principles. They are concise and insightful, and tell you what you need to know about UU beliefs.
Beliefs - 3
One of our ministers, David O. Rankin, described our beliefs in ten statements. They are-
It’s easy, come on in and visit with us. Attend a service or two. Introduce yourself to a greeter at the church. He or she can help you learn more about Unitarian Universalism, and our congregation.
If you want to know more right now, view a great 10 minute video about our faith and denomination.
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