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Intro to UUism

If you’d like to learn more about Unitarian Universalism, check out the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Newcomer’s Corner. There you can find answers to frequently asked questions about Unitarian Universalism.

UU Basics

An introduction to UUCB and UU

A brief informal gathering led by the Rev. Douglas Taylor or other Leaders of the church is held the 1st Sunday of each month after each service.

Topics and Dates:

September 2: Transcendentalism and Beyond

October 7: Our Local CB History

November 4: Our European Roots

December 2: American Universalist Beginnings

January 6: Hymnody and How We Worship

February 3: Unitarian Universalism and Social Justice

March 3: Covenantal Theology & Congregational Polity

April 7: American Unitarian Beginnings

May 5: Our Various Theological Practices

 

Alphabet Soup of Acronyms

New to the UU Congregation? Bewildered by the Alphabet Soup of Acronyms used to designate persons, places and things you encounter on church calendars and elsewhere?

Here’s your guide to often used acronyms:

ARE – Adult Religious Education
BUUYA – Binghamton UU Young Adults
DBSA – Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
DRE — Director of Religious Education
FR – Fireside Room
GLC – Unitarian Universalist Gay/Lesbian Concerns Committee
NA – Narcotics Anonymous
PFLAG –Parents and Friends of Lesbians And Gays
RDN – Riverside Drive Nursery
RE – Religious Education
SGM – Small Group Ministry
SH – Social Hall

UUA – Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
UUCB – Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton
UUFAIR – Unitarian Universalists For Indian Rights
UUW – Unitarian Universalist Women

Glossary of Unitarian Universalist Terms and Acronyms

Unitarian Universalist Association Principles and Purposes

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote

• The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
• Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
• Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
• A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
• The right of conscience and the 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.

The living tradition which we share 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.

Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As free congregations we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support.

The Purposes of the Unitarian Universalist Association

The Unitarian Universalist Association shall devote its resources to and exercise its corporate powers for religious, educational and humanitarian purposes. The primary purpose of the Association is to serve the needs of its member congregations, organize new congregations, extend and strengthen Unitarian Universalist institutions and implement its principles.

The Association declares and affirms its special responsibility, and that of its member societies and organizations, to promote the full participation of persons in all of its and their activities and in the full range of human endeavor without regard to race, color, sex, disability, affectional or sexual orientation, age, or national origin and without requiring adherence to any particular interpretation of religion or to any particular religious belief or creed.

Nothing herein shall be deemed to infringe upon the individual freedom of belief which is inherent in the Universalist and Unitarian heritages or to conflict with any statement of purpose, covenant, or bond of union used by any society unless such is used as a creedal test.

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