Covid-19 Info & Updates
UUS is currently in Phase 2 of our Covid-19 reopening plan. Services are virtual, with only the worship leaders present at UUS. Small groups may meet wearing masks either at UUS or off-site.
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Who We Are
You will find here an inclusive and growing spiritual community, dedicated to loving more fully and fiercely into the world. Together we celebrate life and a liberal tradition that leads social justice work, heals the earth, and nurtures the lifelong journey of mind and spirit.
You are valued here
Wherever you are on your personal journey toward truth and meaning, you will find acceptance and support among our community of fellow seekers and learners. We are a Welcoming Congregation, and no matter who you choose to love or how you express your identity, your presence is valued here. We side with love for marginalized people of all types and are especially focused on dismantling white supremacy culture at all levels, beginning within ourselves.
We are a welcoming spiritually diverse home. We act on our values:
- Honor the Earth;
- Advocate for racial and social justice;
- Nurture deep connections;
- Embrace the ongoing quest for meaning.
Unitarian Universalist principles
Unitarian Universalism grew from Christian roots, but we now draw wisdom and inspiration from a wide range of traditions, as well as from nature, science, the arts, and a variety of contemporary sources. Unitarian Universalists come from many different backgrounds and perspectives, and 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
Unitarian Universalist congregations are currently considering the adoption of an eighth principle:
- Journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions
Intro to Unitarian Universalism
The following 3 minute video, produced by the Unitarian Universalist Association , gives an excellent introduction to our liberal faith.
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, stood against racial injustice, worked to address economic inequities, provided support to recent immigrants and refugees in the community, practiced responsible environmental stewardship, and supported many other progressive causes that align with our principles.
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.
Our shared governance model gives you a voice in shaping the direction of our community and many ways to explore leadership or support roles that have a real impact. We also practice shared ministry, which means that our minister, staff, and lay members all work collaboratively to develop worship services and serve the needs of the congregation.
Becoming a member
You are welcome to attend programs, classes, and services without becoming a member. If you want to consider becoming a member, we ask that you first complete an introductory course to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and UUS, in addition to making a financial commitment at whatever level you’re able to.
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