We welcome your interest in our church and in Unitarian Universalism (UU). Please explore the information in this section to learn more.
DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church was established in 1955. The Rev. Eugene Kreves resigned from the Congregational Church in Lisle and met with 24 former members of that church to discuss the possibility of organizing a liberal church, committed to civil rights, civil liberties and world peace. The fledgling church found itself aligned with Unitarianism and Universalism traditions that have rich histories dating from the time of the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century. Both questioned the doctrines of the Trinity; both were influenced by the Enlightenment.
On April 10, 1955, 48 people signed a charter and called Rev. Kreves as their first minister. On May 4, 1955, at their first annual meeting, a constitution and By-laws were adopted for the officially named DuPage Valley Unitarian Church.
As the church evolved, so did the two liberal traditions from which it drew its foundation. In North America, the traditions joined paths in the 1960s to create the Unitarian Universalist Association. Unitarian Universalism (UU) affirms and promotes seven core principles, grounded in the humanistic teachings of the world's religions and embraces the theological diversity of a congregation rather than a single creed. We draw on scripture, science and reason, nature and philosophy, personal experience and ancient tradition for guidance, as described in our six sources of knowledge and understanding.
Over seven decades, DuPage UU Church has grown and thrived at this location. In 2013 we completed construction of a new Sanctuary, allowing us to expand programming and activities for our 300 adult members and 140 youth. The building is environmentally conscious and our grounds include native plants, a playscape integrated with the natural contours of the land and a labyrinth for spiritual renewal. We invite you to participate - inside or out - in any way that speaks to you.