Who We Are
The UUFB is one of more than 1,000 congregations in eight nations belonging to the Unitarian Universalist Association. UUFB is a congregation in the Welcoming Congregation Program of UUA. Having voted to be a Welcoming Congregation, the UUFB seeks to be fully inclusive of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons.
Our Sunday worship reflects the fact that we are religiously and spiritually diverse. You will find that we are a community that supports questioning, seeking and exploring; a religious tradition that espouses no one truth but recognizes many truths; a community that values the intellect and reason as well as intuition and reverence.
We share some commonly held beliefs expressed in our Unitarian Universalist 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.
Though we have evolved into a pluralistic faith, UU Christianity is still one of our important roots and a number of our folks in any of our congregations may identify as Christian. In our seeking of truth and growing in spirit, we draw on the sources of the world’s major traditions to inspire us and have found in poetry and music, a new sacred language. We are a denomination and a fellowship that is recreating itself anew time and time again, incorporating the continuing revelation of science, the human mind, and the Spirit of Life and Mystery.
- Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
- Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
- Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
- Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
- Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.
- Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
These principles and sources of faith are the backbone of our religious community.
As one of the songs in our hymnal says:
Come, come, whoever you are
Lover of leaving
Ours is no caravan of despair
Even if you have broken your vows a thousand times
Come, yet again, come
We hope you will find us to be an inviting, welcoming and hospitable people. Welcome!