Who We Are
The Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo (UUSM) is a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Like all UU congregations, UUSM is filled with caring, open-minded people. Our faith encourages us to seek our own spiritual paths. Our congregation is a place where people gather to nurture their spirits and put their faith into action by helping to make our community – and the world – a better place. We are committed to spiritual growth and transformation; we accept you the way you are, but we do not expect you to remain the way you are.
We are people of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs. We create spirituality and community beyond boundaries, working for more justice and more love in our own lives and in the world.
Like all UU congregations, UUSM affirms and promotes seven principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. We live out these principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience.
Mission and Vision
Our congregation has defined a Mission and Vision that guide us in being, building, and becoming:
We are a religious community of open hearts and open minds, working together to transform ourselves and the world.
Together, we create a welcoming, diverse, and vibrant community, where our accessible, sustainable campus is a sanctuary for spiritual growth; a center for transformative love and justice; and a home for liberal religious exploration, education, and empowerment.
Covenant of Right Relations
UUSM’s Covenant of Right Relations provides guidelines for the way we interact with one another as we create beloved community together:
Building community is an ongoing spiritual practice. Inviting the spirit of Love into our interactions, we each work to develop skills and promote practices that strengthen our bonds of relationships. As we aspire to co-create a religious community of people with open hearts and open minds, we enter this covenant of right relations:
- We cultivate attentive listening, care-filled speaking, a culture of gratitude, and compassionate honesty.
- We communicate directly with one another, especially when we are in conflict.
- We engage one another thoughtfully, seeking understanding and acknowledgment even when we disagree or our needs will not be fulfilled.
- We trust one another’s intentions. We also recognize that our individual behaviors and actions have an impact regardless of our intentions.
- When we hurt or are hurt, we seek reconnection and/or forgiveness as appropriate.
- We are responsible for our selves and we are accountable to one another for creating opportunities to encourage, challenge, and connect.
Through these choices and actions, we realize the interconnected network of mutuality of beloved community.