Who We Are
Welcome to Unitarian Universalism.
We are people of all ages, people of many backgrounds, and people of many beliefs. We create spirituality and community beyond boundaries, working for more justice and more love in our own lives and in the world.
Unitarian Universalism affirms and promotes seven Principles, grounded in the humanistic teachings of the world’s religions. Our spirituality is unbounded, drawing from scripture and science, nature and philosophy, personal experience and ancient tradition as described in our six Sources.
What We Believe
In Unitarian Universalism, you can bring your whole self: your full identity, your questioning mind, your expansive heart.
Together, we create a force more powerful than one person or one belief system. As Unitarian Universalists, we do not have to check our personal background and beliefs at the door: we join together on a journey that honors everywhere we’ve been before.
Our beliefs are diverse and inclusive. We have no shared creed. Our shared covenant (our seven Principles) supports “the free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” Though Unitarianism and Universalism were both liberal Christian traditions, this responsible search has led us to embrace diverse teachings from Eastern and Western religions and philosophies.
Unitarian Universalists believe more than one thing. We think for ourselves, and reflect together, about important questions:
- The existence of a Higher Power
- Life and Death
- Sacred Texts
- Inspiration and Guidance
- Prayer and Spiritual Practices
What We Do
We create change: in ourselves, in the world.
Seven days a week, UUs live their faith by doing. Whether in community with others or as an individual, we know that active, tangible expressions of love, justice, and peace are what make a difference. Embracing peace, love, and understanding that goes beyond individual belief systems, we are creators of positive change in people and in the world.
The ways we do it:
- Worship & inspiration — Sunday mornings and beyond.
- Learning & growth — spiritual and educational programs for all ages.
- Action & service — volunteering and work for justice.
- Connection & care — caring outreach, mutual support, and small groups for adults, youth, families, and children.
Celebrations & rites of passage — weddings, memorials/funerals, baby blessings, coming-of-age, and child dedications.
Unitarian Universalism is committed to be open to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. First Unitarian is one of hundreds of UU congregations that have voluntarily certified as LGBTQ Welcoming.
The Flaming Chalice
Many visitors ask about the significance of the flaming chalice. At the opening of Unitarian Universalist worship services, many congregations light a flame inside a chalice. This flaming chalice has become a well-known symbol of our denomination. It unites our members in worship and symbolizes the spirit of our work.
During World War II, the Boston-based Unitarian Service Committee (USC) was founded to help Unitarians, Jews, and other religious liberal refugees escape Nazi persecution and needed a symbol to identify itself as it worked its way through the Allied underground in Nazi Germany. The flaming chalice became the Allied underground symbol by which those needing rescue identified themselves to the Unitarian Service Committee in occupied Europe for assistance in escaping Nazi persecution.
- First Unitarian’s Denominational Affairs Team
- Mountain Desert District
- Pacific Western Region
- Unitarian Universalist Association