About Our Congregation
Unitarian Church North (UCN) is an active and growing Unitarian Universalist congregation with about 200 voting members and 65 children and youth. People of all ages, racial and cultural identities, sexual and affectional orientations, and religious backgrounds are welcome here!
"Unitarian Church North provides the light of religious freedom in the warmth of a caring community."
The mission of Unitarian Church North is to:
- create a diverse and inclusive community;
- promote free religious expression;
- inspire spiritual and ethical growth; and
- work for justice in our world.
What Do We Believe?
UCN is a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), which affirms the following seven principles:
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement of spiritual growth in our congregations;
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- The right of conscience and use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Unitarian Universalism is rooted in the Jewish and Christian traditions, and yet as a "non-creedal" religion we do not ask anyone to subscribe to a certain dogma or accede to a specific creed. Rather, as a liberal religion, we encourage our members to keep an open mind about religious questions, and to struggle with those questions in the company of others who may have differing experiences and perspectives. In our view, a person's own experience, conscience and thoughtfulness are more powerful in answering religious questions than any particular external authority figure or text or institution.
Sources of our Faith Tradition
Like other UUA-member churches, we at UCN regard the following as important foundations of our religious tradition:
- 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 that create and uphold life;
- Words and deeds of prophetic women and men throughout the ages 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 teaching which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
- Humanist teachings which call 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.
The powerful association between our denomination's member congregations is one of our greatest assets. That's why UCN is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), the UUA's Central Midwest District (CMwD), and the Southeast Wisconsin Unitarian Universalist Congregations (SEWUUC).
UCN financially supports the UUA, and members actively participate in the wider UU denomination. Our member-delegates attend the UUA General Assembly (GA) on a yearly basis, representing UCN in matters of denominational importance, including governance issues, statements of conscience, and other resolutions. UCN also has direct member representation and participation on the SEWUUC Board.