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The Uncommon

   Unitarian Universalist Congregations    

          of Indianapolis and Indiana

 

       Denomination                                 We invite you to come visit us!
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   Imagine a religion

          where people with
          different

beliefs  
come together as   
one faith...

Unitarian Universalists of Indiana

 

In a world of conventional religions, there is one that is not.

 

There is one that believes religion should be more than a narrow statement of faith - that it should have room for deep questions that might have more than one answer; and that the mystery of creation can be acknowledged without having to be named.

 

Through the ages, there have always been people who have taken a

progressive view of religion  with the belief that people can be sensitive to the

sacred—and intellectually truthful at the same time. Unitarian Universalist

congregations in greater Indiana invite those who share that vision to visit

one of our sixteen congregations.

 

Our slogan is “The Uncommon Denomination.” Here are some ways that our faith is uncommon:

  • Members are encouraged to define their own religious beliefs rather than being asked to adhere to a single uniform creed.

  • We claim no one text as our religious authority. We are as likely to refer on Sunday morning to the words of  Henry David Thoreau or Ralph Waldo Emerson, feminist theologians, psychologists, scientists, eastern religions, or Native American authors, as we are to the Bible. We believe that religious truth comes from not one but many sources.

  • We have a strong commitment to the inherent worth and dignity of all people. We embrace diversity. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons are welcomed. Many interfaith couples find Unitarian Universalist congregations a place where both can be comfortable.

Unitarian Universalism is a religion that evolved out of the Christian and Jewish

traditions and dates back 500 years to the Protestant Reformation.  We call

ourselves "The Uncommon Denomination" to raise awareness of our historic,

distinctive and inclusive religion.  We embrace people of all faiths with a

commitment that by honoring and accepting our differences, we create a stronger

community.

 

A Religion for people who simply can't accept what they have been asked to believe...

At a Unitarian Universalist service you  won’t find easy answers to tough questions. But you will

find others like yourself, in thoughtful reflection and dialogue.  

 

In our search for truth and meaning, we find wisdom in the following sources:

 

• Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, that 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 that challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love. 

 

• Wisdom from the world’s religions that inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life.

 

• Jewish and Christian teachings that call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves

 

• Humanist teachings that 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 that celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature

 Unitarian Universalism’s Seven Principles

As Unitarian Universalists we base our faith not on a creed to which everyone is required to agree, but on the following principles which we agree 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

 

 

If you are searching for a religious home, we invite you to attend one of our services.

 

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