Introduction to Unitarian Universalism

Unitarian Universalism in its modern form came into being in 1961 with the merger of the Unitarians and the Universalists. The roots of both traditions reach back to the first century of the common era. Our Unitarian side of the family maintained the unity of God and the humanity of Jesus (as compared to the trinity of God) and the use of reason in the development and articulation of faith. The Universalist side of the family believed that God is Love and that a loving God would not condemn anyone to eternal damnation in hell. As such they became known as the No-Hell Church. The inclusive, hopeful and liberal spirit of those early spiritual insights continue to find expression in the Unitarian Universalist affirmation of the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Life is a gift, and the meaning in our lives is found in the way we live and the commitments of heart, mind and spirit that we make here, in this great, green world.

We believe in religious freedom and the right and responsibility of each person to explore what he or she truly believes to be good and true and beautiful. Unitarian Universalism upholds the free and responsible search for truth and meaning and will not be constrained in our faith by arbitrary and unchanging doctrines and dogmas. We, therefore, are a creedless tradition in which participation and membership in a congregation is not contingent upon one’s assent to a particular formulation or understanding of “The Truth.” Rather we covenant to walk together as we worship, discover, explore and seek to deepen and apply our commitments and beliefs to the realities and practicalities of life in the 21st century.

In our Sunday worship services and religious education opportunities for children and adults, we draw upon the wisdom of many religions and cultures. Buddhism and Christianity, Judaism and Earth-centered spiritualties, religious humanism and Islamic mysticism all are grist for the soul’s mill. All are human expressions of people’s encounter with the divine, the meaningful, the core.

– The Rev. Peter Luton
East Shore Unitarian Church

The members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills are guided in our religious quest by our mission statement:

By building a loving religious community that
nourishes the spirit,
celebrates life, and
cherishes the connectedness of all things,
we will transform ourselves and our world.