Beliefs

We are a liberal religion and a vibrant community welcoming all who wish to grow spiritually, no matter what your background is. Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religious community which doesn’t identify with any one creed or belief system. Unitarian Universalism includes people who are inspired by Christianity, Buddhism, atheism, agnosticism, Hinduism, Humanism, Judaism, Islam, Paganism, and other diverse and divergent spiritual inclinations. As a faith, we don’t identify exclusively with any of these, but offer ways of deepening spirituality on whatever path each individual chooses. We help our children develop their spiritual curiosity and appreciation for life’s gifts through celebrating and learning from all of the world’s religions. You are invited to join us on this journey. Whether you are a member, friend or visitor, you are welcome to attend our services and other events.

The guiding principles that we affirm and promote are:

• The inherent worth and dignity of every person

• Justice, equity and compassion in human relations

• Acceptance of one another and encouragement of 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 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 Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is a Welcoming Congregation, which means we affirm same-sex marriage and the equal rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. ALL are welcome here.

The Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Mission Statement:

Welcoming, Growing, Leading

Welcoming everyone

Growing in mind and spirit

Leading in social justice

Learn more about how we are in community together by reading our Principles for a Healthy Congregation.


Learn More 

100 Questions That Non-Members Ask
This popular and brief overview offers a distinctly humanist view of Unitarian Universalism and helps newcomers get a good feel of who we are. It comes to us courtesy of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua, New Hampshire.

Voices of a Liberal Faith Video
This twelve-minute video shares important background information and inspirational messages about our religion including our history, theology, worship experience, religious education, social justice, and inclusiveness. This video was produced by the Unitarian Universalist Association

Welcome Primer
This book from Skinner House books features common Unitarian Universalist prayers and readings, including the seven Principles and six Sources, chalice lightings, quotations from UUs of yesterday and today, and a glossary. Plus introductions to UU history, religious education and social justice.

Unitarian Universalist Videos

There are countless videos to watch at Unitarian Universalism TV.

Unitarian Universalism on One Foot by Rev. Christine Robinson

The Flaming Chalice
Read about the symbol of our faith.

Beliefnet Quiz
The Beliefnet website has a quiz that many people have taken and found out that they are Unitarian Universalist.

National Website for Unitarian Universalist Association

Beliefs within our Faith

MidAmerica Region

Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Community

UUA Bookstore

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

UU World Magazine

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The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is a religious organization (PDF) that combines two traditions: the Universalists, who organized in 1793, and the Unitarians, who organized in 1825. They consolidated into the UUA in 1961.

Sermons

The following are some sermons that speak to our Unitarian Universalist faith.

Finding Language for our Faith” by the Rev. Dottie Mathews

No One Left Behind ” by the Rev. Roger Bertschausen

Spirituality, Religiosity and Wellbeing ” by the Rev. Dottie Mathews

Here I Am; Send Me ” by the Rev. Dottie Mathews

Why be Good if There is No Hell” by the Rev. Dottie Mathews

“The Candles Our Ancestors Lit: William Ellery Channing” by the Rev. Roger Bertschausen

“A Profile in Courage: The Life and Death of a Unitarian Martyr” by the Rev. Roger Bertschausen

“The Candles Our Ancestors Lit: Henry David Thoreau” by the Rev. Roger Bertschausen

“Emerson’s Legacy”  by the Rev. Roger Bertschausen

“The Candles Our Ancestors Lit: Joseph Priestly” by the Rev. Roger Bertschausen

“The Candles Our Ancestors Lit: Olympia Brown” by the Rev. Roger Bertschausen

“Feels Like Home”  by the Rev. Dottie Mathews

“Congregations as Faith Outfitters” by Rev. Jim Coakley