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Unitarian Universalism

A faith of Freedom for the Future of our World

“Unitarian Universalism is a fierce belief in the way of freedom and reverence for the sacred dignity of each individual. With Jefferson we “have sworn eternal hostility against every tyranny over the mind.”Unitarian Universalism is cooperation with a universe that created us. It is a celebration of life. It is being in love with goodness and justice. It is a sense of humor about absolutes.Unitarian Universalism is faith in people, hope for tomorrow’s child, confidence in a continuity that spans all time. It looks not to a perfect heaven, but toward a good earth. It is respectful of the past, but not limited to it. It is trust in growing and conspiracy with change. It is spiritual responsibility for a moral tomorrow.” — Edward Schempp.

Schempp was the plaintiff in the 1963 Supreme Court case that declared mandatory Bible reading in public schools unconstitutional. 

For years I searched for a way to combine the religious passion I felt for our world with a movement of like-hearted and like-minded individuals willing to work to make the “Kingdom of God” not some hope for a future heaven, but a reality we are called to bring to the here and now.  That search led me eventually to a small, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and to two saving lines of Grace… the Gospel of Unitarian Universalism…

The Inherent Worth and Dignity of Every Person

The Interdependent Web of all Existence of which We are a Part

Unitarian Universalism is the saving grace that gave me hope that religion could be a positive force for transformational change in our world… but it also was a positive force for that same transformational change in my own life.  A Liberal Religious Faith founded not on one particular doctrine or scripture, but rather on the willingness to grow with knowledge, to learn from human experience (including religious experience in the form of scripture) and find the true nature of religion not in particular beliefs, but in the relationships between us all. 

I invite you to explore this Liberal Religious Faith, whether it is something that speaks to your spirit and soul or not. 

Resources on Unitarian Universalism here at Celestial Lands:

Collection of Quotes on Unitarian Universalism

Collection of Liberal Religious Quotes

My Unitarian Universalist Sermons (Presented in UU Congregations in 4 different states)

Collection of Classical Unitarian Universalist and Related writings

Some of my personal thoughts on Unitarian Universalism

Collection of Unitarian Universalist Jokes (so that they can forever keep us honest about ourselves)

Explore Unitarian Universalism Beyond Celestial Lands:

Our Denominational Association’s Visitors and Newcomer’s section.

Help Finding a Congregation Near You

A Congregation for you when all the others are too far away (The Church of the Larger Fellowship)

A Congregation for those who are young or young at heart (The Church of the Younger Fellowship)

A one stop collection of new articles from UU blogs across the internet (Discover UU)

An online Unitarian Universalist Theological Blog and Discussion (Philocrites)

The Meadville Lombard Theological School (UU Seminary)

The Starr King School for the Ministry (UU Seminary)

Moderated Online Discussion Forum about Unitarian Universalism (religiousforums.com)

Unitarian Universalist Military Ministries

Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office

International Council of Unitarians and Universalists

If you have any specific questions about Unitarian Universalism that you cant find an answer to anywhere else, please leave them and we will try to respond (or at least point you in the right direction).

Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

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  1. susan silvernail on Tuesday June 23, 2009 at 23:36 +0000 said:


    I have enjoyed reading your posts. I am a member of the UUChurch of Birmingham (Alabama) and co-chair of the worship partners committee. In August, we embark upon a year without a ministerm, an introspective year while we search for a new settled minister. I wanted to invite you to be a guest of our church and deliver a sermon on or around Veteran’s Day. Then I read your thought provoking post “My Reticence to Support UU Congregational Outreach to Veterans”.How about helping us with “in-reach”? How about helping us ask the “right” (in your view) questions of ourselves. And finally, how about coming to visit us in October so we can better prepare for Veteran’s Day? I hope to hear from you soon.


  2. Susan,

    I have for a long-time been a fan of the UU Church of Birmingham, ever since reading the book “Miracle in Birmingham” and learning of the heroism of members of that congregation during the Civil Rights Movement. I would be honored to visit your congregation, but timing is an issue… Please send me an email at david@celestiallands.org.

    Yours in Faith,


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