Being a Unitarian Universalist

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Participants discuss the responsibilities of membership during a UU101 class at the UU Church of Delaware County in Media, Pennsylvania, a Unitarian Universalist Association "Breakthrough Congregation."

Many congregations offer a "New UU" program that includes an introduction to theology and worship, history and practices of the local congregation, and the meaning of membership. It is an excellent way to get to know leaders of the local congregation and to learn some of the basics about our tradition.

The UU Pocket Guide, available for purchase at inSpirit: UU Book and Gift Shop offers a complete introduction to Unitarian Universalism, covering ministry, worship, religious education, social justice, and history.

Here are some other ways to learn more about Unitarian Universalism, and about how to use UU values, principles, and spiritual traditions to help ground and guide your life.

UU Principles written on newsprint in UU Church of Birmingham, AL classroom

UU principles on newsprint in a classroom at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham, AL

Unitarian Universalist History and Theology

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Living Unitarian Universalist Values

Unitarian Universalism is a lived religion. UU Principles and values offer guidance and grounding for everyday life. Here are some ways to explore more deeply how to be a Unitarian Universalist in the world:

  • What We Choose: Ethics for Unitarian Universalists is a program which explores different ways of framing and understanding ethical questions, inviting us to test each framework against UU Principles and values and against our own lived experience. Participants consider the basis for personal moral decision-making and strengthen their ability to frame moral arguments in the public square. While it is written as a curriculum for a group, the reflection questions and activities for Workshops 2 through 9 are well-suited to individual study and reflection.

Living your values through leadership

Leadership in a UU community can take many forms. Many are called to serve on congregational boards and committees, while others mentor or teach children or youth. Your leadership and service, guided by Unitarian Universalist Principles and values, is a gift to both your community and yourself. Here are some ways to help ensure that your volunteer work grows your spirit while it strengthens your community:

  • Harvest the Power: Developing Lay Leadership provides leadership skill development that goes hand-in-hand with faith development. Explore the program, considering possibilities for use with the group you lead and for personal use.
  • The UU Leadership Institute offers a wide variety of online courses to help strengthen your leadership and grow your spirit. Online seminars, on-demand resources, peer learning groups and local in-person communities of practice will help you to lead more effectively while building relationships and partnerships with other UUs. Here's how it works.
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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Poconos' ShUUtle bus to the Mass Moral March in Raleigh, Feb 8, 2014.

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