Think about this: What if there was a world where, whatever your spiritual belief, or non-belief, you would be accepted—with love and friendship; with no agenda, no creed. Would you want to be part of it?
What if there was a community in which freedom of belief coexists with ethical and spiritual living. Would that seem like a good idea?
What if there was a place that includes practices and ideas from many different religious traditions, or none at all, with each person blending them in a way they find moving. Would you be interested in connecting?
Unitarian Universalism is a spiritual home where its guiding principles include a “free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” It dictates no single source of wisdom and spirituality, no particular dogma or doctrine, but allows followers to take their own guidance from “direct experience of transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures,” teachings from the world’s religions, reason, science, and the rhythms of nature.
The faith of Unitarian Universalism lends itself to many strategies.
Some Unitarian Universalists (UU’s) are committed to justice, fighting to make needed change; they are the activists. Some are committed to service, working to lessen the impacts of our imperfect world; they are the healers. And of course, many UU’s do some of these things at different times.
The work Unitarian Universalists do is committed to making the world a better place. It’s no more complicated than that.
That’s why we are an all inclusive, non-denominational faith. Whatever you believe, whomever you love, Unitarian Universalists welcome you. With so much divisiveness in the world today, this is a safe place to seek friendships, find community, and feel you have an active part in establishing the greater good for people who are hurting, and yearning to be noticed, acknowledged, and cared for.
Barry Hacker & Bonnie Packert, Chalice Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Escondido, CA
We are people who believe in a God, people who don’t, and people who let the mystery be.
We are a Unitarian Universalist congregation, a house of love, hope, and dreams. We strive to be a beacon of liberal religion in Escondido and all of inland North County San Diego.
We are diverse in faith, ethnicity, history and spirituality, but aligned in our desire to practice our faith in tangible ways.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of The Times-Advocate.