What Is the UUCH About?
An inclusive, diverse religious community that nurtures each other in our free and responsible search for truth and meaning, inspiring all ages to individual and social transformation.
Our inspirational, challenging, and diverse ministries will:
- Foster lifelong spiritual growth
- Strengthen our bonds of community
- Support strong social justice action
- Let people know “We are here” and that we welcome diversity
We, as members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville, covenant to work together to create a supportive, affirming, sustaining community that inspires and challenges each of us to become our best selves. To further our goal of creating such an intentional community, we promise each other to:
- Affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every member of our community, valuing our differences and supporting each other in a free and responsible search for truth and meaning
- Listen to one another with the intent of understanding, and speak to one another with respect and kindness, so that all may be heard
- Recognize that forming an intentional community may at times require us to place the need of the community above our own needs
- Foster caring relationships by assuming the best intent in others, disagreeing in love, and empowering one another to speak for ourselves
- Affirm the work of the church to the best of our abilities, valuing the work of others, and supporting those who voluntarily accept leadership roles in the church
- Promote an environment where all people feel safe, both physically and emotionally
- Use the energy and support we thus create to bring our vision of justice, equity, and compassion in human relations into our wider community, our nation, and our world
We, as Unitarian Universalists affirm and promote the following seven principles:
- 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.
Unitarian Universalism draws from many sources:
- Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, that moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
- Words and deeds of prophetic women and men that challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
- Wisdom from the world’s religions that inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
- Jewish and Christian teachings that call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
- Humanist teachings that counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
- Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions that celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.