Our Congregation

What is Unitarian Universalism?

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal, non-credal religion. Our congregation has a wide variety of beliefs (as shown by the 2000 Congregational Survey Summary below).

Many of us come from a Christian tradition, and still hold some Christian beliefs. Others are humanist, believing in humanity as the source of spiritual inspiration, and focusing on human values and concerns.

Some of our members embrace earth-centered, nature-based religious beliefs. Others draw inspiration from the Eastern Religions.  

Most of us still consider ourselves spiritual explorers; our beliefs evolve as our spiritual and intellectual understanding and experiences continue to shape us.

General Overview of UUSF’s Congregation

Our congregation is composed of approximately 150 members and friends, and about 95 children in our church school program. We consider ourselves religious liberals, with a wide variety of beliefs within our society.

We are a Welcoming Congregation that welcomes and supports gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals.

We are a Green Sanctuary.  A Green Sanctuary is a congregation that lives out its commitment to the Earth by creating sustainable lifestyles for its members as individuals and as a faith community.

We have a strong commitment to social justice issues and have an active Social Justice Committee.

Fall 2000 Congregational Survey Summary Unitarian Universalist Society of Fairhaven

Labels* Statements
Atheism/Non-Theism The concept of a diety is not helpful.
Theological Christianity Jesus is a unique revelation of the divine.
Theism God is the center of faith.
Naturalistic Theism The powers traditionally attributed to a supernatural god are inherent in the natural world.
Earth-Centered Spirituality Celebrate the sacred circle of life and live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
Agnosticism I simply do not know the “truth” about theological matters.
Humanism Human nature is the basis of all religion and ethics.
Ethical Christianity Jesus is a great moral teacher.
Eclectic Includes values taken from different sources, including world religions.
Ethical Religion The function of religion is to encourage the development of ethical living.

* These labels were not on the original survey, only the accompanying statements.