Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a Unitarian Universalist without knowing it?
How Can I Become a Member?
See How to Join UUSM, or the Becoming a Member section.
How Can I Learn More?
We encourage you to come to our monthly Newcomers' Circle as well as our Getting to Know UU social gathering for interested visitors, which give a grounding in UU History and more about the expectations of membership in our congregation. Our Welcoming Team Coordinator Pat Nicholson would like to help you find your way within UUSM.
How Do You Practice What You Preach?
For us, faith is not about what you say you believe, it is about how you live your life. We have long felt that we have a moral obligation to reform society, to help society live up to its highest ideals. Unitarians and Universalists have been central to many social movements, and current-day Unitarian Universalists are extremely civically-engaged.
Who is Welcome?
We welcome all diversities of age, race, religious and ethnic origin, economic situation, sexual orientation, gender identity and physical ability. Our hearts are as open as our doors.
Thumbnail Version of UU History
Unitarians were our ancestors who, in bringing their own reason to bear in the reading of biblical scripture, found only evidence of the oneness of God, rather than the trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). The word “Unitarian” helped to distinguish our ancestors from those who were Trinitarian.
What do people wear to church?
People wear whatever they are comfortable wearing, from dressy casual to jeans to bike shorts to “Sunday best.”
Is Unitarian Universalism new?
Our faith, Unitarian Universalism, has both a long heritage and a progressive orientation to the future. With its historical roots in the Jewish and Christian traditions, Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion that keeps an open mind to the religious questions people have struggled with through the ages.
How can there be a religion without a creed?
It often surprises people to discover a faith community which allows – even celebrates – a diversity of beliefs. We are bound together not by a creed, but by a covenant: a promise about how we will live our lives and how we will live together. Our Seven Principles are not a creed, but a covenant that we affirm and actively promote as a people of faith.