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Worship and Congregational Life in Unitarian Universalism

“We are committed to being together and to being together in ways that respect our Principles. Our worship and our work exist in finding practical and nurturing ways to govern ourselves and our congregations by living out our commitment to openness, democratic process, human equality, social justice, and personal exploration.”

—Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC host (Read more from Melissa in The Unitarian Universalist Pocket Guide.)

A central piece of a congregation’s life is its weekly gathering, its worship service. Also central are religious education for all ages, social justice work, community service, caring ministries, affinity groups, small group ministry, ceremonies to commemorate important life transitions, and holiday celebrations.

Unitarian Universalist congregations govern themselves and determine their own affairs, such as:

  • Developing their missions, visions, and strategic plans
  • Establishing membership requirements
  • Choosing leaders, including ministers
  • Associating with other congregations or organizations

Ministers, religious educators, music directors, and other professionals partner with volunteer leadership in shared purpose to create, and re-create, thriving congregations that minister to the needs of their members, and the world.

“The journey is the joy. The companions are the comfort. The work is the faith.”

—Melissa Harris-Perry

To experience Unitarian Universalism firsthand, we invite you to visit a congregation near you!

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Last updated on Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

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Sunday Morning Worship at the Unitarian Universalist Association's 2013 General Assembly, "Tasting the Wine of Astonishment."
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