If you're new to our congregation, you might be wondering what Unitarian Universalists believe.
This question — "What do Unitarian Universalists believe?" — sounds natural in our society because so many religious bodies are organized around a set of common beliefs. However, we have found a way of being religious that is organized differently. Ask not what Unitarian Universalists believe, ask how we behave.
You see, Unitarian Universalism is a religion based not on creed but on covenant. This means that we do not agree on how we will think, but rather on how we will live. We do not come together in order to re-affirm abstract theological ideas that someone else formulated centuries ago. Rather, we are here to re-affirm our covenant to help one another do the difficult work of seeking meaning, living with integrity and walking with one another in peace and love. More questions? Click here.
The mission of the South Nassau Unitarian Universalist Congregation
is to provide a sanctuary of beauty and harmony where:
We search in freedom for meaning and truth,
We draw inspiration from many religious and philosophical sources while acknowledging the Judeo-Christian heritage of Unitarian Universalism,
We embrace the diversity and welcome people of all ages, races and orientations,
We affirm that our children and youth are an integral and important part of our religious family,
We strive toward a social awareness that leads to transformative action in our community and to living in balance with the environment.
Ours is a nurturing congregation where children and adults find acceptance and fellowship, feel empowered and grow spiritually.
Every religious tradition requires sacrifice of its adherents. To be religious is to do what you sometimes don't want to do, because you know that it is the right thing to do. Some religious traditions require adherence to strict rules about what foods to eat and what prayers to say. Other religious traditions require adherence to certain statements about God or about those who are seen as God's representatives on earth.
Unitarian Universalism, as a liberal religious tradition, allows for each individual to come to their own conclusions about religious doctrine and creed. But our tradition does require a certain way of being in the world which is challenging and even sacrificial. The religiously liberal way of life requires a degree of humility that is hard to live out. We must subject ourselves to constantly considering opinions that we don't currently agree with or understand. In this way, we sacrifice some of our natural individualism in the service of community. Simply having your own opinions about God, the universe and everything doesn't make you a Unitarian Universalist. What makes one a UU is a commitment to sharing your thoughts and beliefs with your community of faith, in the most humble way possible. And as difficult as that is, the more difficult part is to have the humility to listen with love to what others think and believe, no matter how different they are from yours.
As a part of this liberal religious life, we find a way to worship together even though we are atheists and Christians, humanists and Jews, agnostics and spiritualists all mixed together. This is a difficult and continuous challenge. The rewards are integrity, community, and joyful engagement with all of life's most important questions.
Still have questions? So do we!
Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from the UUA
The seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote
Principios en Espanol
UU-Tube (i.e., YouTube) Clips
Voices of a Liberal Faith - Unitarian Universalists
Why I Am Unitarian Universalist (1)
Why I Am Unitarian Universalist (2)