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Frequently Asked Questions About Unitarian Universalism

Is there a place for my beliefs in Unitarian Universalism?
Unitarian Universalism welcomes people with diverse beliefs. Individual Unitarian Universalists (UUs) may identify with and draw inspiration from many different religious or philosophical traditions, including Atheism/Agnosticism, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Humanism, Islam, Judaism, Paganism, and more.

How do I get involved?
Check out a congregation near you or our online community in Quest for Meaning, a program of Church of the Larger Fellowship. People of all backgrounds, identities, and beliefs participate in Unitarian Universalism. We offer worship services that inspire, children's programs that nurture curiosity and respect, middle school programs that honor growing bodies and minds, high school programs that put values into action, and adult and young adult programs that engage hearts, minds, and spirits. 

How do I find a Unitarian Universalist congregation near me? What if I'm looking for a congregation outside the United States?
Our online congregation finder allows you to search the list of Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) member congregations. Most UUA member congregations are located in the United States, but there are some in other countries, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Mexico, New Zealand, and the Philippines. 

There are many congregations outside of the United States which identify with the values and traditions of Unitarian Universalism, but are not UUA member congregations. The UUA's International Office maintains a list of these affiliated overseas congregations.

If there are no Unitarian Universalist congregations near you, you may consider joining the Church of the Larger Fellowship, which serves and connects geographically-isolated Unitarian Universalists. Their Quest for Meaning offers online worship and programs for all ages and stages.

How do I become a Unitarian Universalist minister?
The process and requirements for becoming credentialed as a Unitarian Universalist minister are explained in the Ministerial Credentialing section. If you have questions about the process and requirements, please email the UUA's Ministerial Credentialing Office at

How do I find a Unitarian Universalist minister to officiate a wedding, funeral, or other ceremony?
To find a minister to officiate a ceremony, please contact your district or regional office or the congregations nearest you. Unitarian Universalist ministers are happy to perform commitment ceremonies and weddings for couples regardless of gender - we have been officiating at same-sex weddings and unions for more than 40 years.

I've heard that the UUA supports full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people. Where can I find out more?
Unitarian Universalists have a proud history of LGBTQ advocacy and inclusion. We have fought for marriage equality and equal rights since the movement began. Most of our congregations are Welcoming Congregations, which means they have gone through an educational process to widen their welcome to LGBTQ people of all ages.

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We invite you to explore our website, visit a congregation near you, and discover Unitarian Universalism!

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Last updated on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

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