Our members come from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, and have many different beliefs and activities. Here is a sampling of answers we've received to the following questions:
Many members describe themselves simply as Unitarian Universalist, but others use some sort of combination label, such as
- Humanist UU
- UU Pantheist
- UU Pagan (kind of Druish)
- UU and Naturalistic Theist
- UU with thoughts of many things
- UU and beyond
- Judo-UU and
Others describe their belief systems as:
- Secular Humanist
- Eco-based Humanist
- Humanist who did zen meditation for 9 years
- New Age Taoist Yogi
- Liberal Christian
- Non-Christian, Native American, and heavily influenced by the Dalai Lama and Jamaican Spirituality
- Community, liberal spiritual practice, and the music.
- Deep thought!
- Desire to explore concepts of the "divine." Religious education for kids. Earth-Centered Spirituality Group.
- Friends, covenant group, spiritual renewal.
- It was a welcoming and safe haven when I suddenly realized that I was not Christian. I'm so glad I found this church then, and learned I was not alone in my doubts and questions.
- Sense of mission (of UU beliefs) needs to exist as a counterpoint to "mainstream" religious institutions.
- Sense of community
- Our minister, and looking for a spiritual home that "fit" me.
- A religious environment that supports and does not condemn our lifestyle, where we can be challenged to grow.
- I was born a UU!
- I was looking for a place to gather with like-minded individuals to celebrate life and where my children could receive religious education/spiritual guidance in a non-threatening, open environment.
- I belong here. Acceptance of different beliefs, friends, many people concerned about the same peace and justice issues that I feel strongly about. Services.
- A safe spiritual community for our family, including RE for our two children.
- Supportive community and stimulation by others' insights.
- I love being part of a faith community that recognizes there are many different paths to the divine, and where the thing that unites us is not a common religious belief, but a common vision for a responsible relationship with each other, the world community, and our planet.
- Connection to the people in the congregation. Challenge to be a better person.
- The community of like-minded yet different from me members. Also weekly reminder of how I can affect the world.
- Being a member contributes to my quality of life.
- The Earth-Centered Spirituality Group and singing in the Choir
- I found what I was looking for [spiritually] and I also found a wonderful community within the church which I was not necessarily expecting
- It's my spiritual home.