Unitarian Universalists of Merced
What We Believe
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Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? John Wesley.
Our detractors call us "The church that doesn't believe in anything." That is not true. We believe in many things. Our first belief is in the inherent worth and dignity of every person. It gets a little complicated after that, because some of us believe in God and some of us don't. We do have a common set of Principles and Purposes, adopted as bylaws by the 1984, 1985 and 1995 General assemblies:We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:
The living tradition which we share draws from many sources:
Our parent congregation, the UU fellowship of Stanislaus County, has a much more detailed Beliefs page, with three short essays by famous UUs and links.
If you'd like to see what UU's have done over the years and across the country, Famous Unitarians and Universalists is a site devoted to people from one denomination or the other from the 1800's to today. (We were two separate denominations until 1961.) Six presidents of the United States were Unitarians or Universalists. So were Clara Barton, Susan B. Anthony and P. T. Barnum.
If you have more questions after you read this, you can go to 100 Questions. This is a web site the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua, New Hampshire has made from the booklet, "100 Questions that Non-members ask about Unitarian-Universalism" by John Sias. It concentrates on the Theist and Humanist sides of UUism. Some people find it conservative. UU's come in many flavors. We have Buddhists and Wiccans as well as Christians and Jews.
If you'd like an outside opinion, Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance has simple, non-judgmental descriptions of 63 different religious faiths. In their words, "We describe dozens of faith groups as accurately as we can, from Asatru to Christianity to Zoroastrianism." Click on "About Other Religions", then scroll past "Introductory thoughts", some ads, "World Religions" and "Neopagan Religious Faiths" until you get to "Other Non-Christian Religions". (OCoRT is a big site.) We UU's are towards the bottom of that list, by virtue of the alphabet.
Questions about UUs of Merced?
Ask the Osbornes,
Questions about the web site? Ask Ted Pack,
We are a liberal church and the only UU congregation in Merced county. We serve Atwater, Chowchilla, Livingston, Merced, and Winton. We welcome Agnostics, Atheists, Buddhists, Christians, Deists, Free-thinkers, Humanists, Jews, Theists, Wiccans, and those who seek their own spiritual path. We welcome people without regard to race, ethnic origin, physical ability or sexual orientation.
02 Feb 2009 Site started
23 Oct 2012 Page updated