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Atheist and Agnostic People Welcome

People with atheist and agnostic beliefs are welcome in Unitarian Universalism and find a supportive community in our congregations. Although both groups are often defined by what they do not believe, agnostics and atheists can be at home in Unitarian Universalism because of what we do believe.

Rev. Dr. William F. Schulz, human rights activist and President-CEO of the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Service Committee, writes of these beliefs we share:

We believe that human beings are responsible for the future; that history is in our hands, not those of an angry God or inexorable fate.

We believe that life's blessings are available to everyone, not just those who can recite a certain catechism,

And we believe that those blessings are made manifest to us not just in the "miraculous" or extraordinary but in the simple pleasures of the everyday.

Since the early 20th century, Humanism has been an influential part of our continually evolving religious tradition. Many Unitarian Universalists who are atheist or agnostic also identify as Humanist.

As a non-creedal faith, Unitarian Universalism honors the differing spiritual paths we each travel. Our congregations are places where we celebrate, support, and challenge one another as we continue on these journeys.


If There is a God: As an agnostic, I'm definitely an atheist about some gods. But what kind of God might be possible?” from UUWorld

Reason and Reverence: A New Religious Humanism is Emerging” from UUWorld

Pamphlet Text: The Faith of a UU Humanist (order)

HUUmanists: An Association of Unitarian Universalist Humanists

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Last updated on Monday, November 24, 2014.

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