Who Are Unitarian Universalists?
Our religious tradition originated out of Christianity. However, we now define ourselves more inclusively, celebrating a wide variety of religious traditions and perspectives. Our religious philosophy is grounded in an affirmation of the worth and dignity of all human beings and a belief that life should be celebrated as a sacred gift.
We trust people's ability to determine their own faith and we believe people should be encouraged to think for themselves. This freedom of belief is a basic principle of Unitarian Universalism. We do not require assent to any creed or statement of faith before a person can join us.
"Religion" is commonly defined among us as that which unites human beings and gives meaning to our lives. We honor the importance of community and celebrate the redeeming power of a relationships. Indeed it is in the midst of relationships with each other and the wonders of the natural world that most of us have experienced "The Sacred." One does not hear the word "God" in our midst as often as in other religious communities because our opinions about theology radically differ. Some believe in a supreme being or power. Others take an agnostic or non-theist perspective of existance. Yet all of us find common ground around a more "humanistic" search for meaning, beauty, justice, and joy. It is this search that unites us and motivates our journey together.
A diverse, caring community, nurturing our members in their quest for spiritual growth, and living our faith in service to the larger community.
Our Organizational Structure
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), representing over 1000 churches. Our society's membership in the UUA is purely voluntary - member congregations are free to support or reject the UUA's recommendations and resolutions. On both a national and congregational level, decisions are made by the democratic process, with final authority resting in the membership of the society rather than an organized hierarchy.
To Become A Member
An individual does not have to be a member to participate in the activities of our religious community. All levels of involvement are celebrated. In fact, we encourage everyone to take their time before making the commitment of membership. We ask all who are interested in joining UUCR as a member to contact our minister, Pastor Dave, or the board president. We will explain the commitment that comes with membership. The ritual of joining involves signing our membership book in either a private or public forum. By becoming a member of UUCR, you choose to join us in fostering a community dedicated to justice, beauty, diversity and truth. Members bring to the society their talent, energy, conviction and financial support, knowing that this community will prosper as we invest ourselves in it.
Last updated 2014 January 29 (jdh).