Unitarian Universalism is a caring, open-minded religion that encourages seekers to follow their own spiritual paths. Our faith draws on many religious sources, welcoming people with different beliefs. We are united by shared values, not by creed or dogma.
Our congregations are places where we gather to nurture our spirits and put our faith into action by working toward social justice in our communities and the wider world. There is no formal conversion process, so becoming a Unitarian Universalist (UU) is simply a matter of self-identification.
Check out this video about UU values and practices.
After an introduction to the Quaker way of worship at the Aug 13 service, Linda Hay will take up a number of related questions. Quaker worship practices and how they differ from Buddhist or western secular meditation is one of them. That leads to how Quakers reach decisions about actions to take as a group. Being well known for their work for democracy, toleration, human rights, social justice, humanitarian relief, and against war suggests what some of those actions are. Most of these concerns have been part of the Society of Friends since its start in the 1640s in England and spread to the US by the 1650s. Those commitments grew directly out of the experiences of Friends and reflect the spiritual leadings present from the very beginning. Those who missed the first service will be helped to catch up. There will be time for silent worship and there will be music from the Friends Hymnal interspersed throughout the various sections of the service. The songs were chosen to express Quaker thought about a variety of topics, and many will be familiar. Linda will take more questions and provide written responses . There will also be time during Hospitality to talk with others, including some of the other former Quakers in the All Souls Church Family.