Arlington Unitarian Universalist Church
Who We Are
"Love is the doctrine of our church.
To dwell together in peace,
To seek knowledge in freedom,
To serve humanity in harmony with the earth,
Thus we do covenant with one another."
- Affirmation used at the Arlington Unitarian Universalist Church
Unitarian Universalism is a worldwide movement, dating to the sixteenth century, for freedom in religion. It sprang from Unitarianism, which rejected the doctrine of the Trinity; and Universalism, the affirmation that divine love is available to all, and that none would be damned. Today Unitarian Universalism has many facets and is not exclusively a Christian body.
The Arlington Unitarian Universalist Church was founded in the early 1960s as the Unitarian Church of Arlington shortly before the two denominations merged. Our congregation remains small, with about three dozen adult members and another dozen friends. Our building is maintained and the grounds are landscaped by volunteers from the congregation. We have a dedicated Nature Area: wildflowers grow up front, a small oak woods flanks the building, and a memorial pond behind the church building was dedicated in October 2001.
Our congregation is a small but diverse group of independent, inquiring individuals. We are joined in fellowship and mutual respect, with a democratically elected lay leadership, and are connected to regional and national UU organizations.
Our membership over the years has included atheists alongside believers who had not found nourishment in the religions they were raised in, as well as people who were raised with no particular religious orientation.
We support freedom of thought and the fundamentally American ideal of separation of church and state. Unitarian Universalists have been active in the defense of civil liberties, civil rights and sexual equality. We are involved in the continuing struggle for freedom, peace and dignity for all people regardless of their race, religion, national origin or socio-economic status.
Each UU congregation is different, depending upon the interests of the local members. More information on the history of the Unitarian Universalist religion and the scope of interests of our membership can be found on the national Unitarian Universalist Association web site at www.uua.org, our district web site at www.swuuc.org, or our local group web site at www.ntauus.org.
Who are we? We are people of faith who are not afraid of questions. We prize diversity. We enjoy discussion and sharing insights. We welcome your curiosity and invite you to visit us.
You may find that we are you.