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UUS is currently in Phase One (Closed for in person activity) of our COVID Reopening Plan. Sunday services are being streamed via Zoom at 10 a.m. Read more »
Who We Are
We are a liberal faith community of seekers and doers. You will find here an accepting and supportive home for exploring your own truth and meaning among a diverse group of free-thinkers working to build a more just, inclusive, and sustainable world.
Location & service times
We are excited by the move into our magnificent new home in Coralville, which provides more space for our growing congregation, a deeper connection to nature and our environmental values, and a platform for increasing our engagement in the larger community.
We are located at 2355 Oakdale Rd. in Coralville, and Sunday services begin at 10 a.m.
Beliefs & shared principles
Our liberal faith arose from the Jewish and Christian traditions, but we now draw wisdom from a wide range of traditions and contemporary sources. Ours is a living faith that is constantly evolving to changes in society, and also a free faith without dogma or a creed that you must subscribe to.
Unitarian Universalists come from many different backgrounds and perspectives, but we agree to uphold a set of guiding principles:
- 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
The following 3 minute video, produced by the Unitarian Universalist Association , gives an excellent introduction to our liberal faith.
Mission & vision
Our Mission: We are a welcoming spiritually diverse home. We act on our values:
- Honor the Earth;
- Advocate for racial and social justice;
- Foster deep connections;
- Embrace the ongoing quest for meaning.
Our Vision: We aspire to be a more inclusive, loving, diverse congregation that welcomes all people. We will defend and celebrate the Earth, confront racial and social injustice, and nurture deep connections.
History & social justice
Our congregation was founded in Iowa City in 1841, and we have a deep and rich history in the community. In 1869 we hired our first female minister, and throughout our history we have actively addressed social injustices. In our early days, congregation members spoke out against slavery and for women’s rights, with notable visitors like Susan B. Anthony speaking from the pulpit. In more recent years, we have provided a welcoming home and strong support to the LGBTQ community, worked to address economic inequities, stood against racial injustice, provided support to refugee members of the community, practiced responsible environmental stewardship, and supported many other progressive causes that align with our principles.
- View a timeline of our history and browse historical documents
- Learn more about our social justice and sustainability work
Shared ministry & governance
Each of the more than 1000 UU congregations is self-governed. We’re responsible for hiring a minister and staff, managing our budget, and making decisions through democratic processes, which provides you with many opportunities to shape the direction of our community and to explore fulfilling leadership or support roles. We also practice shared ministry, which means that our minister, staff, and lay members all work together collaboratively to serve the needs of the congregation.