“Joe and I met and fell in love in college, and when he and I were ready to introduce our own family to a spiritual home, we chose Unitarian Universalism. The denomination would respect the beliefs we brought to it and challenge us to build our own unique theologies.” –Diane Cadrian, writing of her Jewish-Catholic-UU interfaith family in UU World
In Unitarian Universalism, we accept you for who and what you are. Our family, like your family, includes people of many religious backgrounds and beliefs. Different beliefs don’t divide us – instead, they make us strong. In UUism, we celebrate multi-faith families. Buddhist-Jewish, Atheist-Christian, Hindu-Muslim, Catholic-Methodist, Agnostic-Modern Pagan, Taoist-Unitarian-Humanist… whatever faiths and perspectives are part of your family, we welcome you and your beliefs.
Unitarian Universalism would never ask someone to change their beliefs, or to convert to a new way of thinking. Our congregations embrace diverse perspectives, and honor the holidays of many faith traditions. We know your traditions and beliefs are part of who you are. And we know it's not always easy: every day we help interfaith families navigate the challenges that come at holiday times, and the challenges that come when extended family is not so supportive.
We know that it can be hard to talk with the kids about religion when the parents believe different things. In UUism, children learn to respect their families’ beliefs and rituals, and to develop their own beliefs and practices in conversation with their families.
“Once you start to have children, it’s nice to have someone else trying to teach them similar moral values. It’s really nice to have it reinforced by a community in which you feel comfortable. And you feel like these values are truly shared and important.” –Valerie Gwinner, in Voices of a Liberal Faith
In our congregations, we’re on a supported search for personal truth – one that makes us more brave, more curious, and more compassionate throughout our lifetimes. Interfaith, multifaith, mono-faith, no-faith… all are welcome, respected, and celebrated. We invite you to visit a congregation near you, and to explore the UU “congregation without walls,” the online Church of the Larger Fellowship.
“I can bring my atheist mother here and my Catholic ex-husband and my modern orthodox-trained Jewish children. And we're just all loved.” – Jodi Tharan, in Voices of a Liberal Faith
Building Bridges, a program for middle school youth, engages participants in learning about many religions. The year-long class includes field trips to many houses of worship, and discussions with people of many faiths.
Coming-of-Age, a program for teens, is our UU rite of passage, like Christian Confirmation and Jewish Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. Through a year-long program, young people develop their own sense of faith. At the end of the year they write and deliver a credo statement they’ve written about their values and beliefs.
A Chorus of Faiths: Unitarian Universalists as Interfaith Leaders. Part of a joint venture of the UUA and the Interfaith Youth Core (founded by Eboo Patel) these sessions develop high school youth as interfaith leaders.
Pamphlet for Interfaith Couples: Can We Find a Home Here?
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