Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst, 6320 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221  716-634-3010

What We Believe

What does it mean to be a Unitarian Universalist?

Unitarian Universalist congregations welcome people from all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and religious backgrounds. We have no creed or dogma to which members must agree.

Our religious tradition is free-thinking and inclusive. We celebrate diversity, even though working out differences with mutual care and respect can be challenging. We invite you to walk with us in the spirit of love to transform ourselves and the world around us. Our children’s affirmation says, “We are people of open minds, loving hearts, and helping hands.” That pretty much tells you who we strive to be.

Principles

Unitarian Universalist congregations covenant to affirm and promote the following 7  guiding 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 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 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.

 

Sources

Unitarian Universalists strive to live out these principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality , drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience. The six sources our congregations  affirm and promote are:

  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.

Rev. Michelle Buhite

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“Let us worship, not in bowing down, not with closed eyes and stopped ears. Let us worship with the opening of all the windows of our beings, with the full outstretching of our spirits…. Let us worship, and let us learn to love.” 
– Kenneth Patton
“Throughout history, we have moved to the rhythms of mystery and wonder, prophecy, wisdom teachings from ancient and modern sources, and nature herself.”
– Rev. Kathleen Rolenz