What is UU?

Welcome to Unitarian Universalism, a religion that celebrates diversity of belief and is guided by seven principles.

Our congregations are places where we gather to nurture our spirits and put our faith into action through social justice work in our communities and the wider world.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis is a self-governing church within the association of congregations in the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).

We work with other churches in the UUA to support one another, but each church makes its own decisions about how it governs itself, its finances and its professional leadership.

Unitarian Universalism has seven principles which bind us together as we strive to live in right relationship with each other in our communities and in the world. We 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 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.

On April 6, 2018, our church voted to affirm the 8th Principle, which, while not added to Unitarian Universalism’s 7 Principles, is under consideration for wider adoption by the Association of Congregations at large.  Proposed text for the 8th Principle is:

“We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying towards spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”

Here at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, we strive to live out all these principles in all that we say and do.  Unitarian Universalism is open to multiple sources of inspiration, not just one or two. We strive to be open-minded to the various paths of others, and seek the paths that are most helpful in connecting us to meaning, truth, and love.

  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
  • Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
  • Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
  • 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.