UUism Defined

Our approach to religion is different from many others, so we offer this brief description of our church UUA Chaliceand the religious tradition it represents. Unitarian Universalism is frequently shortened to UU.

What kind of church is this?
The DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church is a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association. This is a religiously liberal association that includes churches throughout the United States and Canada. A liberal religion is a religious tradition which embraces the theological diversity of a congregation rather than a single creed, authority, or writing.

What is Unitarian Universalism?
Both Unitarianism and Universalism are traditions dating from the time of the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century, and both were influenced by Enlightenment thinkers.

Unitarians questioned the doctrine of the Trinity as it was understood in Christian orthodoxy, and Universalists believed that no soul would be lost in hell forever. What they held in common was the conviction that it was wrong to say we believe, or to repeat in church, any statement that we do not really agree with, or do not understand. The result has been a religious point of view that is not expressed in creeds, but always growing, and open to new truth.

What are the beliefs of this church?
Because our tradition is not expressed in a creed, there is no one statement that all Unitarian Universalists are required to believe. What unites us is the understanding that each person is involved in a unique journey of spiritual development and discovery, and that these journeys are to be treated with seriousness and respect. We are committed to disciplines of reason, tolerance and compassion in our life together, and to freedom of conscience and the democratic process. Some of the aspirations that we tend to share can be seen in the Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Who is welcome?
Visitors are welcome at all our services and programs. We aspire to be an inclusive community, involving all people without regard to age, race, gender, present or previous marital status, financial resources, religious background or sexual orientation. Our ministry to the community includes interfaith weddings and services of union, memorial services, and use of our building by groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Rational Recovery.

Is this a Christian church?
Most Unitarian Universalists would not identify themselves as Christians, although Christianity is an important strand of our history, and some of us find it a source of wisdom and inspiration. We draw from the teachings of all the world's great religious traditions, as well as from knowledge gained by natural and social sciences, and the profound insights of the arts and humanities. Many philosophical positions, from humanism to atheism to feminist spirituality, as well as more traditional views, are represented in our church.

Are there regular worship services?
We understand worship as an attempt to express and celebrate the meanings of human life, and the values we cherish. This can be, but is not necessarily, addressed to an external Other such as God. We sing together, share the joys and concerns of our lives, reflect together in silence, heed the wisdom of ancient and modern words, and listen and respond to thoughts from the minister or others. We also celebrate special seasons and events with a variety of rites, stories and music, together with our children.