Our Liberal Religion

Unitarian Universalism has evolved over the centuries, having had its roots based on concepts that date back to early Christianity. But unlike many traditional religions that define themselves by professions of faith, UU’s have no such creed. Thus, each Sunday our sanctuary is filled with those who have Buddhist, Humanist, Christian, Taoist, Pagan, and Atheist leanings, and some with no leanings at all.

That is not to say there is no light upon the path in our Liberal Religion. Our guideposts along the road are our Seven Principles:

  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

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. These are the Six Sources our congregations affirm and promote:

  1. Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
  2. Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
  3. Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
  4. Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
  5. Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
  6. Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

Every Unitarian Universalist congregation affirms and promotes our principles. The word religion literally means “to reconnect,” which is why it shares the same root as the word ligament. So our religion is about making connections with others, not separating ourselves from them.

What We Mean by Worship

The root of the word “worship” is “to give worth.” Our services are about lifting up, giving worth and meaning to those around us. Our progressive, liberal religious community has a diverse membership that welcomes you, your background, beliefs, and lifestyle. Ours is a Living Tradition influenced by those who shape the congregation. We may not share the same ideas, but we do share a common way of relating to others and our world that includes justice, compassion, kindness, and respect. It is in this spirit of openheartedness and open-mindedness that we eagerly open our doors to you.

Please come and join us anytime!

Clifton Universalist Unitarian Church is a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and a part of the Mid-America Region.

Our Board of Trustees

Patricia Pringle, President
Jon Elswick, Vice-President
Elizabeth Coyle, Treasurer
Sally Craven, Secretary
Terri Apple, Trustee-at-Large
Ruth Newman, Trustee-at-Large
Gregory Erskine, Trustee-at-Large


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