I enjoy the company and support of others who are actively pursuing their unique spiritual paths that leads us all to new sources of truth, beauty, mystery, and wisdom.
I was attracted to UCN by the natural beauty and the outstanding building, but I’ve stayed for the spiritual sustenance and growth, congregational democracy, and social justice.
One reason I chose to be a member of UCN is that Unitarian Universalists are open to new discoveries about ‘what truth is.’ As has been said,'”What I learn tomorrow may contradict what I have learned today.”
I was unchurched for many years and got to a point in my life where my spiritual side was yearning for a place to call home. I found that the UU faith with the seven principles provided that. I choose UCN specifically because I felt so welcomed into the warm and truly caring community that UCN is. I have been a member for five years and continue to find UCN to be a place where I am spiritually nourished and embraced by a warm and compassionate community.
My partner and I both come from very devout Catholic families and we broke away from our childhood faith in college. Not thinking we were in need of a spiritual home, we first attended UCN upon the recommendation of a friend. We stayed because of the incredible welcoming, supportive, and caring atmosphere created by members and friends committed to living their UU values. We now can’t imagine life without the amazing community we have found.
I was raised Catholic—and as a child, it was good for me. The church that I grew up in was an extension of my big, rowdy extended family, and I loved it.
As I grew older, I started to have doubts. Everyone seemed so certain that Catholicism was the “one true religion” and that others were not. I saw religious certainty used too often to exclude and judge others, and not nearly enough to help others. I just could not believe that God– if there was a God—would want us to hurt each other for any reason.
“I have found in UCN, a church community that supports a moral lifestyle and explores a deeper meaning of faith while promoting diversity as a strength.”
Growing up, it bothered me that I was ‘taught’ what to believe and told to memorize and recite those beliefs (Nicene Creed, etc.). It seemed such an inauthentic way to express a person’s deep spiritual beliefs. College exposure to world religions and philosophy reinforced those feelings. At UCN I found a place where I can question and explore freely in community with other seekers who are committed to ethical living.
I joined UCN because I longed for a community of passionate people, that celebrated diversity of all types and worked to create a more just world for all. I have become much more engaged over the years because the people of UCN inspire me to greatness and Sunday morning feeds my soul, grounds me and energizes my spirit.