HELLO AND WELCOME!
If you are seeking a liberal religious home with a vital, caring, and creative congregation, enhanced by a dynamic spirit of community, we may be the church for you!
We are a small but active congregation with a wide variety of people sitting in our pews. We come from a variety of religious backgrounds, range in age from very young to very old. We are single, married, widowed, and divorced; We are straight, gay, and everything in between. We believe that all people have the potential for goodness. We revere the natural world and the diversity inherent within it. We aspire to be racially and economically diverse.
At the UUSR, we value freedom of belief-there is no creed you have to recite or memorize. We concentrate on deeds not creeds. We try to follow the seven principles of our faith, as well as high-lighting several Sources of our "Living tradition". For a more thorough explanation, click the link to Newcomers. We call our religion a "living tradition" because revelation is not sealed; prophets are still being born.
The UUSR is actively engaged in social action.
We gather on Sunday mornings at 10:30am every week of the year. Religious Education and childcare are provided during the service, which includes readings, prayers, singing, children's stories and a sermon. The music ranges from Mozart to Brubeck; from the folk songs of James Taylor, to jazz renditions of Beatles tunes.
We look forward to seeing you. Welcome!
Our religion is a religion of social concern, a religion of intellectual and ethical integrity, a religion that emphasizes the dynamic conception of history and the scientific worldview, a religion that stresses the dignity and worth of the person as a supreme value and goodwill as the creative force in human relations.
—Rev. Lewis A. McGee
Unitarianism proclaims that we spring from one source; Universalism, that we share a common destiny. Unitarian Universalists are neither a chosen people nor a people whose choices are made for them by theological authorities—ancient or otherwise. We are a people who choose.
—Rev. Forrest Church
Unitarian Universalism is a non-judgemental religious home that will accept and support you wherever you may be in life’ journey. It is a safe place to stand out, stand up, and change your mind, particularly during life’s transitions. Our only doctrine is love.
If you hunger for spirituality without dogma…
If you long to put yourself to work healing a suffering world…
If you want a faith community that helps you deepen into
even when there are no final answers…
Unitarian Universalism may be your religious home.
—Rev. Kathleen McTigue
Unitarian Universalists have said for centuries that there is room in our religion for all seekers. Skeptics and poets and scientists are welcome here, as are nonconformists and shy and uncertain folk. We believe that restlessness and doubts are a sign of grace, that the love of truth is the holiest of gifts.
—Rev. Barbara Merritt
Visit the "Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations" website
Read "We are Unitarian Universalists", by Marta Flanagan, Minister, First Parish UU of Arlington
One of Rev. Susan's sermons may also be helpful: "Saving Faith"
Waking Up White
We will be reading “Waking Up White” by Debby Irving. You do not need to buy the book to attend.
“Waking Up White is the book I wish someone had handed me decades ago. By sharing my sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, I offer a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance. As I unpack my own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color, I reveal how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated my ill-conceived ideas about race. I also explain why and how I’ve changed the way I talk about racism, work in racially mixed groups, and understand the racial justice movement as a whole. Exercises at the end of each chapter prompt readers to explore their own racialized ideas. Waking Up White’s personal narrative is designed to work well as a rapid read, a book group book, or support reading for courses exploring racial and cultural issues.” Debby Irving
Read a column titled “Talking about why ‘Black Lives Matter’”, written by Heidi and Rev. Susan, and recently appearing in the Gloucester Daily Times.