What We Believe

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills

What is Unitarian Universalism?

What are the Unitarian Universalist Principles? 

Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal, rather than a creedal tradition.  This means that our common ground is a covenant - a set of mutual promises - rather than a creed - a set of shared beliefs.  Our covenant with the other member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association is known as the 7 Unitarian Universalist Principles:

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association covenant to affirm and promote:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process
  • World community with peace, liberty and justice for all
  • Respect for the interdependence of all existence of which we are a part 

Our Congregation's Mission:

Our mission is: Diversity, Community, Growth, and Action

With respect for diversity of beliefs, identities, and approaches, we: offer a compassionate supportive, welcoming community; provide opportunities for intellectual, emotional, and spiritual growth; and empower our members to act on our UU Principles in the world around us.

How do Unitarian Universalists worship? 

Unitarian Universalism began in the 1500's as a part of the Protestant Reformation. Although we are now an independent denomination, our Sunday service still follows a basically Protestant format. Not as liturgically formal as some, we come together in a ritual of chalice lighting, singing, meditation/silent prayer, children’s message and sermon. The congregation takes part in every service through the sharing of personal joys and sorrows.  Once a month, we have an intergenerational service, usually focused on a shared story.

Our services begin at 10:30 every Sunday morning.  All are welcome.  You can read more about our Sunday Services here.

What do Unitarian Universalists teach children and youth? 

We have a full Religious Exploration program for young people ages 4-18, including a Youth Group for teenagers, based upon Unitarian Universalist curricula and taught by volunteers from the congregation. There is nursery care for children under four. We mark life passages with Welcome and Dedication ceremonies for children, a Coming of Age Program for 11-13 year olds, and a values-based sexuality curriculum, Our Whole Lives, which we offer for 7th-9th graders. 

We teach our children Unitarian Universalist values and approaches to life. We share our own faith with them and encourage them to form their own beliefs. We learn our history and traditions and we learn about other religions as well, believing that all religions have something worthwhile to teach us. We encourage parents to establish religious practices at home, as parents are the most important religious educators. The Religious Exploration program takes place on Sunday mornings and we welcome all children and youth. Visit our Religious Exploration (RE) webpage for more information.

We look forward to meeting you.