“We come because we have a deep, aching need for an encounter with the holy that crosses our borders and expands our hearts. We come to be a part of something so much larger than ourselves, and we cannot do that holy work together unless we are really willing to set aside our own need to win and reach out our hands and seek the deeper understanding that come with difference.” – Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd
Who We Are
We have been in existence in Seattle for over 100 years, first established in 1913 on a site near the University of Washington campus, we are now located in the Ravenna-Bryant neighborhood and serve a community of around 900 members and over a thousand visitors and friends. In the first few decades of its existence, UUC was recognized in the Seattle community for its activism on social and political issues, frequently providing a forum for progressive causes. We continue to be well known for our leadership and partnerships in social justice work in the community, the quality of our worship services, music and education programs. Learn about the history of University Unitarian Church.
These new mission and vision statements were created through a year-long discernment process that the UUC congregation entered into in late 2010. The congregation unanimously approved this new mission and vision on December 22, 2011.
UUC is a community that covenants to awaken spirit, nurture hope and inspire action.
We will create a more connected multigenerational community where all individuals welcome, value, and support one another and contribute to the common good.
We will risk leaving the safety of known ways in order to open ourselves to experiences of awe and mystery and deepen our sense of gratitude and awareness that we are connected to creation.
We will be responsible stewards of the gifts we hold in trust, endeavoring to leave a generous and sustainable legacy for those who come after us.
We will vocally and actively oppose injustice and stand in prophetic judgment of all that would diminish the equality and dignity of human beings or harm the web of life. We seek partnership with those who share our goals and creative dialogue with those who challenge us in our search for larger truths.
About Unitarian Universalism
With its historical roots in the Jewish and Christian traditions, Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion — a religion that keeps an open mind to the religious questions people have struggled with in all times and places. The Unitarian religion dates back to the sixteenth century in Europe, while the Universalist faith didn’t really take off until some English Universalists came to the United States in the late 1700s. Then, in the 1960s the Unitarians and the Universalists merged, forming what is now the Unitarian Universalist faith. Read more about our history here.
We believe that personal experience, conscience and reason should be the final authorities in religion, and that in the end religious authority lies not in a book or person or institution, but within ourselves. Unitarian Universalism is a “non-creedal” religion. We do not ask anyone to believe a specific set of doctrines. Our members practice their beliefs in many different ways. UUs value freedom of religion; use critical reason and even doubt to expand our understanding; cultivate tolerance to hear one another; and practice justice, which is “love with its sleeves rolled up.” The aspects of church that appeal to UUs include; community, care, social justice, connections, coffee hour, children, and activism. We have remarkable elders who have worked for justice and peace for decades.
Many UUs are parents raised in different traditions and/or raising children in multi-religious families. Our youth are inspiring! UU attracts many families because of the wonderful church school programs, which introduce and explain world religions in an equal, non-biased way, as well as other outstanding curricula. e seek wisdom from all sources — contemporary and ancient poets, the Bible, Buddhist texts, Native American religions, and many other practices and faiths. There is enormous diversity in how UUs seek truth. Some UUs consider themselves Christian. Many UUs would also describe themselves as Buddhist or Jewish. Other members are attuned to earth-centered spirituality and religion. UUs may describe themselves as humanist or atheist. For others, spiritual things are too big, glorious or wondrous to define with meager words. But lots of us try. Like many world religions, a common idea in UU is that truth is always revealing itself.
Unitarian Universalist Principles
There are seven principles that Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote:
- 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 congregation
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregation 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
See the Unitarian Universalist Organization website for additional information and resources at www.uua.org.
Raible Library at UUC
The Library of Rev. Peter Raible is available for study and research on a wide variety of subjects in religion and Unitarian Universalist history. View the online catalog here.
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