First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church

Our Elevator Speeches

In Unitarian Universalist congregations, we gather in community to support our individual spiritual journeys. We trust that openness to one another's experiences will enhance our understanding of our own links with the divine, with our history, and with one another.
—Rev. Jonalu Johnstone

Unitarian Universalism is a democratic, pluralistic religious community which encourages each individual to develop a personal religious philosophy and which emphasizes social and environmental concerns.
—Richard Hewitt

As Unitarian Universalists, we celebrate the inherent worth and dignity of every person and seek to build a peaceful, just, and compassionate society. At the heart of our faith, therefore, is a commitment to democracy—not only as a form of government but as a moral value that lifts our lives beyond the self-centered and mundane and gives meaning to our existence.
—Warren R. Ross

Our denomination is unique because every Unitarian Universalist has the right to develop a personal philosophy of life, without being told what to believe. We can learn from all philosophies and religions, and also from science and the arts. We explore important life issues in a caring community, united by shared values rather than by shared theological opinions.
—The Rev. Chris Schriner

Unitarian Universalists have different religious beliefs but share a common faith. We know that life is holy, that each person is worthy, and that, when we join together to plant the seeds of love, the world blossoms.
—Erik Resly

In our faith, God is not a given, God is a question. God is not defined for us, God is defined by us.
—Rev. Forrest Church

Unitarian Universalism is a non-judgmental religious home that will accept and support you wherever you may be in life’s journey.
—Victoria Mitchell

The Unitarian side of our family tree tells us that there is only one God, one Spirit of Life, one Power of Love. The Universalist side tells us that God is a loving God, condemning none of us, and valuing the spark of divinity that is in every human being. So Unitarian Universalism stands for one God, no one left behind.
—Rev. William Sinkford, former UUA President

Hosea Ballou, the great Universalist preacher of the nineteenth century, was arguing the question of eternal damnation with a Methodist man of the cloth. Ballou quoted a number of Bible verses that showed the love of God for all, but the Methodist minister was unconvinced. “Brother Ballou,” he remonstrated, “if I were a Universalist, and feared not the fires of hell, I could hit you over the head, steal your horse and saddle and ride away and I’d still go to heaven!” “If you were a Universalist,” Ballou replied, “the idea would never occur to you.”
—Rev. Jane Dwinell

At a Unitarian Universalist church, it's always BYOB - bring your own belief.

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