All About Us

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Clinton is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Associations of Congregations. Our l-o-n-g name is the result of the 1961 consolidation of Unitarianism (begun in 1825) and Universalism (founded in 1793), both in Europe.

 

Organizational Chart of Unitarian Universalism, in the US:

  • The Unitarian Universalist Association in America

  • 20 Regions in the United States

  • 13 congregations in the MidAmerica Region, with 200 independent congregations in 13 states

  • 15 congregations in Iowa and 38 in Illinois, where most of our members live.

  • UU Fellowship Of Clinton at 309 30th Ave. No., Clinton, Iowa 52732

The Unitarian Universalist Association is the central organization for the Unitarian Universalist (UU) religious movement in the United States, and serves to represent our religion on a national and international stage, to provide help to individual congregations and regions, and to help organize and coordinate social justice actions worldwide.

Over 1000 UU congregations in the United States, Canada, and overseas are democratic in polity and operation, ie., we govern ourselves.

 

For more information about Unitarian Universalism—in general or specifics—contact the UUA at UUA.org or call
(617) 948-6103.

UUs are different from followers of most other world religions. We:

  • ARE NOT believers in a dogma or creed. (belief that Jesus is divine; strict adherence to the 5 Pillars of  Islam, etc.)

  • ARE NOT locked into forever-unchanging beliefs

  • ARE NOT answerable to a higher UUA authority

  • ARE NOT a group of people who 'don't believe in anything.'

  • ARE a religion of seekers ARE guided by the Seven Principles

  • ARE persons with varied, complex sets of spiritual and/or religious beliefs

  • ARE persons who work for Social Justice for all existence:  people, creatures, Earth itself

There are Seven Principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote:

  1.  The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

  2.  Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;

  3.  Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;

  4.  A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

  5.  The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;

  6.  The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

  7.  Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Unitarian Universalism also draws from many Sources:

  • 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.

These principles and sources of faith are the backbone of our religious community.

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