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 may identify with and draw inspiration from many different religious or philosophical traditions, which can include Atheism/Agnosticism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Paganism.
How do I join the Unitarian Universalist faith?
Joining Unitarian Universalism requires only that you get involved in a congregation near you. All visitors are welcome in our congregations and you need not renounce your current beliefs to take part. Each congregation has its own guidelines for membership, and in most cases, you need not be a member to participate in most aspects of congregational life.
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. The congregation finder can help you find information on these congregations.
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 Resources 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.
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 mco @ uua.org.
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 office or the congregations nearest you. Many Unitarian Universalist ministers are happy to perform commitment ceremonies and weddings for couples regardless of gender.
I've heard that the UUA supports full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Where can I find out more?
Unitarian Universalists have a proud history of supporting equality of all people, including people who identify as LGBT. You can learn more about this in the LGBT pages. If you have questions about any of the information there, please email LGBT Ministries staff at lgbt @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.