UUCW Mission and Beliefs
Our Mission Statement
The members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester covenant to be a congregation of love, hope and justice inspiring people to take on the challenges of a changing world.
Our Welcoming Church Statement
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester strives to further the affirmation and celebration of LGBTQI individuals in all aspects of the church community. We also seek to increase the visibility of UUCW as a Welcoming Congregation within the greater community.
Our Covenant of Right Relations
In consonance with the principles and purposes of the Unitarian Universalist Association, we the members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester covenant to sustain and support a courageous and caring community by:
• Bringing our best selves to form a welcoming, loving, and inclusive community of faith;
• Creating an atmosphere of celebration and worship in a safe environment;
• Providing opportunities where diverse people and points of view are respected and where open-hearted and open-minded discussion of our differences is encouraged;
• Treating each other with kindness and respect;
• Approaching conflicts with a spirit of humility and with the respectful intent for peaceful resolution;
• Engaging in and encouraging spiritual and intellectual growth across the lifespan;
• Fostering social justice and positive transformation in our community and in the world at large;
• Growing and maintaining the resources necessary to support the missions and ministries of this congregation;
• Fostering fellowship and enjoying each other and the unique gifts that each person brings to our community.
The Liberal Religious Movement To Which We Belong – Unitarian Universalism
Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion born out of the Jewish and Christian traditions. We keep our minds open to the religious questions people have struggled with in all times and places. We believe that personal experience, conscience, and reason should be the final authorities in religion. In the end, religious authority lies not in a book, person, or institution, but in ourselves. We put religious insights to the test of our hearts and minds.
We uphold the free search for truth. We will not be bound by a statement of belief. We do not ask anyone to subscribe to a creed. We say ours is a non-creedal religion. Ours is a free faith.
We believe that religious wisdom is ever changing. Human understanding of life and death, the world and its mysteries, is never final. Revelation is continuous. We celebrate unfolding truths known to teachers, prophets, and sages throughout the ages.
We affirm the inherent worth and dignity of all women and men. We believe in encouraging people to think for themselves. We know people differ in their opinions, choices, and affections, and we believe these differences generally should be honored.
We seek to act as a moral force in the world, believing that ethical living is the supreme witness of religion. We are deeply concerned about both the here-and-now and about the effects our actions will have on future generations. We know that our relationships with one another, with diverse peoples, races, and nations, should be governed by justice, equity, and compassion.
The Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism that we affirm and promote:
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person
- Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part