Who We Are
With its historical roots in the Jewish and Christian traditions, Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion—that is, a religion that keeps an open mind to the religious questions people have struggled with in all times and places. We believe that personal experience, conscience, and reason should be the final authorities in religion, and that in the end, religious authority lies not in a book or person or institution, but in ourselves. We are a “non-creedal” religion: we do not ask anyone to subscribe to a creed.
Each Unitarian Universalist congregation governs itself. BVUUF holds services every Sunday, focusing on the insights of the past and present with those who will create the future. We welcome visitors curious about our congregation to find out more about us with School of the Spirit – our all-age education program – and support groups, along with a mishmash of family events, study groups, and covenant groups.
We subscribe to seven principles to guide us:
The Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism
- 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.
We draw from many sources:
- Direct experience
- Prophetic women and men, who challenge us to confront evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love
- Wisdom from the world’s religions
- Jewish and Christian teachings, which call us to love our neighbors as ourselves
- Humanistic values, which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science
- 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
- Our Unitarian Universalist history
As free congregations, we promise mutual support and trust to one another.