Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

Open minds, loving hearts, helping hands

What Makes a Unitarian Universalist?

Every Unitarian Universalist is unique. We come from diverse ethnic, racial, spiritual, economic, political backgrounds and sexual identities, and our current identities and spirituality reflect our past, our current thinking, and our hopes for the future.
We welcome you from wherever you came, whomever you are today, and whomever you look forward to being tomorrow.
We offer the following comments by way of introduction. You may learn much more by following links on our Resources page, but speaking with our members and minister, by attending services, and by taking free classes like “UU Basics” at our church. We encourage your curiosity because once, we were all new here.

Affirmation of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills, Somerville, NJ
Love is the spirit of this congregation, and service is its heart.
This is our greatest covenant:
To seek the truth in freedom;
To live together in peace:
And to help one another.

Affirmation from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greensboro, NC:
Being a Unitarian Universalist means taking personal responsibility for your own religious life. No one will try to remake you religiously. We won’t offer you “final and absolute truths” or rigid dogma. Instead, we try to provide a stimulating and congenial atmosphere in which you may seek answers…in which you may ask new questions…in which you are free to discover the best that is in you. We reject the idea that a book or institution is superior to the conscience and intellect of a morally responsible person. We affirm that your spiritual well-being is yours to determine.

Getting Serious About Unitarian Universalism
by Scott Alexander, a UU Minister serving the Fellowship of Vero Beach, FL
Being a UU means searching for your own defining religious principles and then allowing yourself to be captured by them. Actively practicing our free religion has an inescapable quality about it. The only choice involved is whether or not to take your emerging personal truths and principles seriously enough to actually live them on a daily basis. Once you find your moral and spiritual guideposts (and these evolve over the years), you have no choice but to follow the path that your guideposts define. This faith tradition, which trusts the integrity and worth of each individual, sets you free not so that you can casually dabble in religion, but so that you can become, “intoxicated” by an authentic, personal faith you cannot help but live, serve, and cherish.
Being a UU is about much more than the opinions and beliefs you hold, it is about the way you live everyday. Our tradition has always affirmed that true religion is about deeds, not creeds. UUs are fond of saying, “Don’t tell me what you believe, show me how you live.”
The history, spirit and principles of our UU faith clearly call upon us to grow bigger, more inclusive hearts. Being a UU means daily lending yourself and your soul to the building of a gentler, more humane world—most often not in grand and glorious heroic feats like those accomplished by great human saints, but in little, everyday ways that have the power to transform our world, one caring, responsible deed at a time.
Now please don’t be intimidated! Being serious about your Unitarian Universalism means that you simply strive to make a positive, principled difference right where you live in your little cluttered corner of life, in all the everyday ways that count.