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Thursday, 06 October 2011 13:21

Our Faith

Written by Administrator

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Unitarian Universalism is a liberal, creedless religion with roots in Christianity. Like other UU churches, First Unitarian Church of Baltimore welcomes everyone--those with faith and those without.  Here, you are invited take your own personal spiritual path, asking questions and exploring a variety of ways to be religious.  Personal experience, conscience and reason are the final authorities in religion, because religious authority cannot be found in one book, person or institution. It is found in ourselves.

Ours is a free religion, where we affirm the worth and dignity of all people, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, abilities and faith.  And we uphold the free search for truth, unbound by a statement of belief. Religious wisdom is ever changing. Therefore, we celebrate unfolding truths known to teachers, prophets and sages throughout the ages.

We are compelled to act as a moral force in the world, believing that ethical living is the supreme witness of religion. We know that justice, equity and compassion should govern our relationships with one another, with diverse peoples, races and nations.

We affirm and promote Seven Principles:

  • 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 that 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 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.

For more information about Unitarian Universalism, visit the Unitarian Universalist Association website.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:32

Our Church Family

Written by Administrator

As a diverse congregation united by core values, we come from various religious, ethnic, and racial backgrounds. All people are valued here. As individuals and as a congregation, we benefit from our differences.

Diversity plays an important role in our religious and congregational lives. We welcome people of all races, genders, classes, sexual orientations, abilities and nationalities. We respect and reference many religious traditions. 

The Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism challenge members to work for a just world. We seek opportunities for activism and service in our church and in the larger community. Our programs, sermons, and religious education nurture these commitments.

Unitarian Universalism is a free faith; we do not ask our members to subscribe to a particular religious creed. Instead, we draw inspiration from many faith traditions and value the contributions of members walking diverse spiritual paths. We support each other's search for religious meaning, recognizing that the search may lead each of us in different directions. We stand against religious intolerance in all its forms, and oppose the imposition of religion on the unwilling.

As members of a mutually supportive community we care for and comfort each other. We are respectful of our differences and celebrate each individual's gifts. We sustain each other in grief and loss and find joy in each other's successes.

We recognize our responsibility to support the church with our abilities, our labor, and our money. We work to develop clear policies and organizational structures to facilitate the church's work and development. We encourage all members to play an active role in the ministry and governance of the church. We foster leadership skills among our members through training and mentorship and conduct regular comprehensive evaluations of our progress as a congregation. We re-envision our mission as needed to reflect our needs and priorities.

Our congregation values and explores its unique position in Unitarian and Baltimore history. Our home in an historic building is a constant reminder of our past and of the many theologians and members who have carried our heritage forward. We work to preserve our architecturally significant edifice. We are good stewards of the congregation's financial inheritance and resources and work to develop them so that we can grow our programs and share our faith.

We have a strong commitment to Baltimore City and its downtown. We aim to provide a consistent and audible liberal voice within this community. Both as an institution and as individuals, we support community structures, including housing, education and libraries.

As a congregation, we support Unitarian Universalist initiatives on philosophical, political, and legislative agendas. We provide information and education to the congregation on international issues of caring and diversity and advocate on the state level on diversity issues and city concerns. We encourage individual members of the congregation to participate in the organizations and programs of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Joseph Priestley District.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011 10:37

Social Action

Written by Administrator

You may have heard: Unitarian Universalists are a socially active bunch.  From anti-war and anti-torture protests to the fight for marriage equality in Maryland and local, interfaith initiatives, First Unitarian Church of Baltimore is a leading force in liberal, social justice causes in Baltimore and beyond.

At First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or SAC coordinates many of these actions.  This team of volunteers scouts out and recommends initiatives and partnerships that align with denominational and church principles.

But social justice action doesn’t stop with SAC.  The church’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) group, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , provides opportunities for church members to get involved in the fight for equal rights—from helping out at Baltimore Gay Pride to offering support for state legislative initiatives.

Finally, many members have developed long-term relationships with Baltimore initiatives, including Our Daily Bread and the Banner Neighborhood Reading Program.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011 09:57

Our Church Family

Written by Administrator

As a diverse congregation united by core values, we come from various religious, ethnic, and racial backgrounds. All people are valued here. As individuals and as a congregation, we benefit from our differences.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010 19:00

Lifespan Religious Education

Written by Administrator

Learning doesn’t stop with the three Rs—and it keeps going long past formal education.  That’s a hallmark of Unitarian Universalist congregations.

That’s why First Unitarian Church of Baltimore boasts a thriving Lifespan Religious Education Program, where spiritual growth and connections are encouraged.  From learning about other faith systems to discussing social justice issues to discovering meditation techniques—the opportunities for continued learning are endless. Guided and staffed by volunteers and staff, programs enrich spiritual understanding, interpersonal relationships and connections to the larger community. 

The program is managed and led by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Director of Lifespan Religious Education.  A graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, Californaia, Becky joined the staff at First Unitarian in 2006.  In 2010, Becky took over adult programming as well, coordinating a rich offering of classes and events.

In addition to intergenerational programs and events, special programming is targeted to a variety of age groups: Children, Youth and Adults.

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