FAQ — Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a Unitarian Universalist without knowing it?
Perhaps you are! You can learn more about our congregation here, and more about Unitarian Universalism here. There are also several popular online quizzes that can help you clarify what you believe; check out the Spiritual Belief System Selector or BeliefNet’s quiz.
How can I learn more about UUSM?
There’s lots of information about our congregation here on our website. We encourage interested visitors to come to our monthly Newcomers’ Circle as well as a Getting to Know UU social gathering, both of which provide a grounding in Unitarian Universalist history and information about the expectations for membership in our congregation. Check out our online Congregational Calendar for the dates of the next such opportunities. Our Connections Coordinator would be delighted to help you find your way within UUSM.
How can I become a member of UUSM?
Do UUs practice what they preach?
For UUs, faith is not about what you say you believe, it is about how you live your life. We have long felt 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.
Is everyone welcome at UUSM?
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.
What is worship like at UUSM?
Our Sunday-morning Worship Services are weekly reflections, weaving together our own thoughts and experiences with music, beauty, poetry, and words that both comfort and challenge. You can read a description of what worship at UUSM is like here.
What do people wear to UUSM’s worship services?
People wear whatever they feel comfortable wearing, from “Sunday best,” to dressy casual, to jeans, to bike shorts.
Is Unitarian Universalism new?
Our faith, Unitarian Universalism, grew out of two separate denominations – Unitarianism and Universalism – both of which have long heritages, grounded in both Jewish and Christian traditions. Joined together as Unitarian Universalism, we have both a long heritage and a progressive orientation toward the future. Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion that keeps an open mind to the religious questions people have struggled with through the ages. You can learn more about our denomination’s history here.
How can I learn more about Unitarian Universalism?
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 a covenant that we affirm and actively promote as a people of faith, and our congregation also has created a Mission, Vision, and Covenant of Right Relations.