Our church is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA), which was formed by a merger in 1961 of the Universalist Church of America (org. 1793) and the American Unitarian Association (org. 1825). Unitarianism was originally based on belief in the oneness of God (finding no evidence of the Trinity in the Bible) and Universalism was based on belief in universal salvation (as opposed to salvation of only the elect).
By the early 20th century, however, the focus of both denominations was less on creed and more on action. Both emphasized the importance of personal experience and conscience as the foundation of belief and found common purpose in the creation of a just and equitable society.
UUA General Assembly
General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates.
General Assembly 2020 will be June 24-28 2020 in Providence, RI. It will take place at the Rhode Island Convention Center, centrally located in the heart of Providence, at 1 Sabin St, Providence, RI 02903. Google Map. It is connected via skybridge to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center arena (site of General Sessions), and to the Providence Place Mall.
Providence combines the best of a quaint New England town with the amenities and hip sophistication of a big city. Acclaimed restaurants, a vibrant arts and culture scene, and beautifully preserved historic architecture combine to make Providence a destination for inspiration.
The Dictionary of Unitarian Universalist Biography contains the stories of many Unitarians and Universalists who have devoted their lives to intellectual inquiry, spiritual exploration, and public service.
Unitarian Universalist congregations are members of the UUA, but each Unitarian Universalist church is a democratically run organization. The UUA does not assign ministers or give directives to congregations, but rather serves as a resource to more than 1,000 member congregations and their 200,000 members in North America.
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The MidAmerica District serves congregations on a regional level. Our region consists of congregations in all or part of 13 states across the Midwest from North Dakota to Kentucky.
UU World is the magazine of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Members receive a print copy every three months. Everyone is welcome to access UU World online, which is updated more frequently and includes blogs and other interactive content.
Skinner House Books is an imprint of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. They publish books by and for members of the liberal religious community in areas of spiritual practice, memoir, inspiration, children’s picture books, contemporary issues, history, theology, worship and church resources.
Beacon Press is an independent publisher of books that often change the way readers think about fundamental issues and promote such values as freedom of speech and thought; diversity, religious pluralism, and anti-racism; and respect for diversity in all areas of life.
inSpirit Book and Gift Store
inSpirit Book and Gift Store, formerly known as the UUA Bookstore, offers books and gifts that reflect UU values, including titles from Skinner House Books and Beacon Press.
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee is an independent human rights organization that works to advance economic justice, promote environmental justice, defend civil liberties, and protect the rights of vulnerable people in humanitarian crises. Many members of our church support the UUSC and each year our church participates in its “Guest at Your Table” fundraiser.
Church of the Larger Fellowship
A self-described “congregation without walls,” CLF serves individuals who do not have access to a congregation. It provides worship materials and online podcasts of worship services, web-based educational materials and curricula, and online discussion opportunities. Its materials can also be used by lay-led congregations.