Who are we, exactly?
Message from the Minister:
The special role of Unitarian Universalism is to ask reasonable questions about statements we are asked to accept on faith. When we are invited to take something on faith, most Unitarian Universalists want to know "Is it rational? Is it logical? Is the statement consistent with what we know of the world? Is it probable, based on our own experience?" Traditionally, the use of reason has been the unique quality of our religion. We have no creed or theology that members must accept as a condition of church membership. In the words of Thomas Jefferson: "Fix reason firmly in her seat and call to her tribunal every fact; every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of God because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than of blind-folded fear."
Yet, reason is not our goal. Like many religions, love is our goal. We wish to encourage caring, supportive relationships between people and between people and the earth. What makes us distinct from other religions is that reason is our tool and authority as we work to realize the goal of love.
We are diverse in our identities, backgrounds, opinions and orientation
Our members come from and are influenced by many different religious traditions. When we asked them "In addition to Unitarian Universalism, what faith traditions are important in your spiritual development?" about 20% said "Christian," 60% answered "Humanist" and 20% gave other replies such as Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, or Moslem. We come together to share our passion for learning, a set of common values and a desire to explore and define what we believe in now--without losing what makes us unique. We don't tell you what to believe, how to think, how to behave or what your personal truths should be. We do support your spiritual search. Whatever your background, you are welcome here, as we, together, search for truth and meaning in our lives.
Some of us believe in God;
We're inquisitive, analytical and skeptical
If there is one thing Unitarian Universalists enjoy, it's a lively discussion. We like to agree--and disagree, ask questions and discover answers, use our critical thinking skills and defend our positions. We often disagree but we always respect one another. Unitarians embrace reason, research and the scientific process. And we also encourage awe, wonder, gratitude and a belief that we don't know all there is to know.
We are family-friendly and cater to kids
Our religious education program teaches young people to think, question, explore and participate in social justice projects to strengthen our community--all of which build self-esteem, confidence and character in children and youth. We also emphasize a sense of responsibility to the larger community and the world. We strongly believe that our children are our future and we do our best to teach them well. (Learn more about our religious education program.)
We are growing
Unlike most churches in the US, our congregation continues to grow every year. Today, we have over 500 members and are the largest UU church in Florida. Maybe it's because we have a relatively new minister. Or, because more people are coming to our church in search of a vibrant active, compassionate community. Perhaps it's that we're doing a better job of spreading the word. Whatever the reason, we invite you to experience what others like you have learned --that our church is a great place to explore your beliefs, learn something new, meet interesting caring people, get involved, instill confidence and build character in your children and participate in activities that add meaning and joy to your life.
UU is for people like you.
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