Frequently Asked Questions
What is your religion like?
We are a very liberal religion. Under one roof, we have and welcome many different beliefs. Our congregation includes agnostics, Buddhists, Pagans, Christians, Jews, humanists and atheists. Our uniting belief is that truth is different for each person. Although our roots are Christian, the majority of us believe that the Bible was written by people (not God) and Jesus was a great man and teacher, but no more a son of God than any of the rest of us. You are likely to hear the words, Spirit of Life and Love more often than God. Our readings come from people we consider wise, as well as from all the major religions.
What do you believe in?
We have seven principles that we covenant to affirm and promote. These do not constitute a creed, but are statements that help to guide our ethical day-to-day choices.
- 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
Children’s version of our principles:
- Each person is important
- Be kind in all you do
- We are free to learn together…
- …and search for what is true
- All people need a voice
- Build a fair and peaceful world
- We care for the Earth
For more on the UU Principles, please see What We Believe.
As a Unitarian Universalist, can you just believe in anything?
No. Unitarian Universalists do not believe in things that contradict our Seven Principles, nor in that which defies reason, conscience and experience.
- We do not believe there is only one pathway to God or spirituality.
- We do not believe God favors any group of people based on inherent qualities such as skin color, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, etc.
- We do not believe undemocratic, autocratic or overly hierarchical systems are the way to organize our congregations or the larger society.
- We do not believe humanity has the right or moral authority to exploit the environment or other life forms with which we share the planet.
What are your services like?
Please see our page on Worship.
Are you expected to give money when you visit?
Visitors are welcome to let the collection plate pass them by.
How do the children worship?
We welcome all ages to join us for worship and fellowship. At this time, however, we have no programs specifically for children.
Will I be asked to give my name and address?
Yes. When you come in, you will be asked to fill out a form, letting us know you were with us, but you are welcome to decline if you wish. If you give us your name, address, etc., it allows you to receive our emails and helps us to know that you were with us. We take great care to keep your information private. Your personal information will not be given out or sold. It is strictly for our use in sending you church communications. Go to What to Expect for more details.
Are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people welcome at your church?
Yes! Prior to July 2014, our congregation was about 25-30 percent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Despite the decline in our numbers, UUCC continues to celebrate diversity and remains as welcoming as ever. UU ministers have been performing religious ceremonies of union for same-sex couples since the 1970s and many of our clergy are LGBT.
Is Unitarian Universalism a New Age Religion?
No, our religion in its American form dates back to the beginning of the 19th century and earlier, although its foundational beliefs (that God is One [not three] and that no one is damned to hell for eternity) go back to the first centuries BCE. Although we are sometimes confused with other religions with similar-sounding names, the Unitarians were established in 1825 and the Universalists in 1793. The two merged to form Unitarian Universalism in 1961. For more information about UU history, see the UUA website.
Are all UUs political liberals?
By no means. The majority of UUs would probably identify themselves as liberal or left-leaning and the stances adopted on the issues by our national association tend to be politically liberal, but many conservatives and libertarians find a religious home here, too. UU ministers frequently speak out on the issues but, in accordance with the separation of church and state, we do not publicly support one political candidate or party over another.