What Is Unitarian Universalism?

With its historical roots in the Christian and Jewish traditions, Unitarian Universalism is a religion that keeps an open mind to the religious questions people have struggled with in all times and places.

Unitarian Universalists may subscribe to positions on faith derived from a variety of religious traditions: Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, naturalism, atheism or agnosticism. And UUs may call themselves religious humanists, liberal Christians, or world religionists.

All nevertheless share a common bond as faithful Unitarian Universalists committed to the practice of free religion, or the belief that human beings are free to heed an inner summons of reason, conscience, and intuition. Members of UU congregations worship, sing, play, study, teach, and work for social justice together while remaining strong in individual convictions.

Our Purposes & Principles

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta and the other congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association covenant to affirm and promote:

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

The living tradition we share draws from many sources:

  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
  • 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;
  • 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.

Wider Movement

Over 1,000 congregations are members of the Unitarian Universalist Association, an organization devoted to helping UU congregations grow and thrive.

Other UU organizations and programs include:

Partner Church Program

UUCA has a longstanding relationship with its sister congregation in Szekelyudvarhely, Romania in Transylvania. Groups from each congregation visit each other every year or two, and UUCA has started a scholarship fund for Unitarian students in Transylvania.