Welcome to Unitarian Universalism, a religion that celebrates diversity of beliefs 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.

Newcomers are always welcome. There is no formal conversion process, so becoming a Unitarian Universalist is simply a matter of self-identification. Membership is voluntary and does not require renouncing other religious affiliations or practices.

Seven Principles

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 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.

What’s a Sunday Service like?

Sunday Services follow a certain format, although from time to time we do try something different, like services in the round or a forum format.

Here is the standard format for a Sunday Service:

Welcome & Brief Announcements

Musical Prelude

Lighting the Chalice (The symbol of Unitarian Universalism)
Everyone please read together,
We light this chalice to affirm that light is ever present to guide us, truth is ever present to illuminate our minds, and that love is ever
present to warm our hearts. As we light our chalice, we affirm our commitment to a goal of world community, with peace, love and
liberty for all.

Opening Words


Story for All Ages (If they are comfortable with it, Children gather in front on a quilt to hear the story)

Song as Children Leave for Religious Education Class
“Go Now in Peace”
Go now in peace, go now in peace,
May the spirit of love surround you
Everywhere, everywhere, you may go (repeat)

Sharing of Joys & Sorrows
(Members stand and share something that gave them joy during the week or something that they are concerned with.)

Silent Meditation


Offertory & Musical Interlude



Extinguishing the Chalice
Everyone please read together,
We extinguish this flame but not the light of truth, the warmth of community, or the fire of commitment.
These we carry in our hearts until we are together again.

Closing Words

Closing Song: “Simple Faith”, by David Tamulevich

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

Seven Principles

There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote.

Our Religious Exploration program for children emphasizes the open search for truth and meaning that we value as Unitarian Universalists. We want our children to embrace and celebrate the mysteries of the world around us. Our weekly time together incorporates some of the ritual we have in the larger worship services; a chalice lighting, a time of silent meditation and a time for sharing of joys and concerns. Additionally, story telling and craft projects are usually included in our time together.

The UU Principles for children are as follows:

  1. We believe that each and every person is important.
  2. We believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly.
  3. We believe that we should accept one another and keep on learning together.
  4. We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.
  5. We believe that all persons should have a vote about the things that concern them.
  6. We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world.
  7. We believe in caring for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things.

Rev. Jane Dwinell talks to the children as a part of her installation service explaining her role in the ministry within the Adirondack UU Community.

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