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  1. First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio

  2. Who’s UU?

  3. Who’s UU? and . . . YOU?

  4. OURMISSION To INVITE all into caring community To INSPIRE spiritual growth To INVOLVE everyone in working for a peaceful, just and free world

  5. Intentionally Creedless

  6. Intentionally Creedless Each person has both the RIGHT and the RESPONSIBILITY to work out their own beliefs in matters of theology.

  7. Intentionally Creedless Each person has both the RIGHT and the RESPONSIBILITY to work out their own beliefs in matters of theology AND we do this best in the context of a nurturing & challenging HUMAN COMMUNITY.

  8. Intentionally Creedless Each person has both the RIGHT and the RESPONSIBILITY to work out their own beliefs in matters of theology. We do this best in the context of a nurturing & challenging HUMAN COMMUNITY . . . AND In responsive relationship with the needs of the world.

  9. “God is One” “” Unitarianism 16th century Europe

  10. Universalism

  11. “Not Hell, but Hope”

  12. Universalist Church of America, 1793

  13. Unitarianism • Salvation • by character Dr. William Ellery Channing (1780-1842)

  14. American UnitarianAssociation, 1825

  15. “The Universalists believe that God is too good to damn man, while the Unitarians believe that man is too good to be damned by God." Rev. Thomas Starr King c. 1850

  16. Three streams

  17. “A freedom that reveres the past, but trusts the dawning future more . . .” Marion Franklin Hamm c. 1950

  18. We do not stand, we move!

  19. Transcendentalism

  20. Humanism I - 1933 II -1973

  21. Earth-Based Faiths

  22. Inherent Worth and Dignity Unheard stories – women, people of color, LGBTQ, differently abled, all ages

  23. Recommended Reading on Unitarian and Universalist history: * John Buehrens, “Universalists and Unitarians in America : A People’s History” (Skinner House, 2011) – Kindle only * David E. Bumbaugh, “Unitarian Universalism: A Narrative History” (Meadville Lombard, 2001) – paper only

  24. The Living Tradition we share draws from Many Sources

  25. UU Principles We covenant to affirm and promote . . .

  26. OUR UU PRINCIPLES

  27. “The UUA” Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations www.uua.org

  28. What Size are UU churches? Most congregations have fewer than 100 members, but most UUs belong to larger churches.

  29. OUR CHURCH’S MISSION: • To: • Inviteall into caring community • Inspirespiritual growth • Involve everyone in working for a peaceful, just and free world

  30. A caring community

  31. Your path, your way

  32. . . . In responsive relationship with the needs of the world

  33. If you believe something, it ought to show Putting YOUR faith into action at First UU

  34. Roots & Wings

  35. Religious Education

  36. Congregational Polity • Your voice matters • Only members can vote to call a minister. • Congregation almost totally supported by $ (pledges & gifts) from members and friends. • Without members, • there is no First UU

  37. Unitarian Universalism – A religion that puts its faith in YOU !

  38. First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio