We gather to create a religious community to which we can bring the fullness of our humanity - our joys and sorrows, our longing for spiritual renewal, our commitment to promote greater justice in the world and our efforts to grow in wisdom, generosity and compassion. We invite you to participate that we might journey together in this ongoing creation.
–The Reverend Arthur Vaeni
Film showings: The New Jim Crow
A focus on the 2012-2013 UUA Common Read: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. The Reverends Carol McKinley and Arthur Vaeni lead film discussion sessions in May on the racialized caste system that grows inexorably from America's “war on drugs.” (Click here for full-sized poster).
Monday, May 20, 6:30–9:00 pm.
Sunday, May 26, 3:00–5:30 pm.
CBS News video features segment on Unitarian Universalists
A recent news report produced by CBS News looks at the shifts in attitude towards religion and spirituality and what this means for religious institutions. The 26-minute video features a long segment about Unitarian Universalism. See it here.
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Who we are as a congregation...
The Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation has grown since our beginning in 1952 from a small and close knit fellowship into a strong, dynamic and friendly congregation able to serve our community in many ways:
- Our Sunday services provide a time of inspiration and a place for learning and reflection.
- Our minister provides leadership to the congregation and is also a voice for justice and compassion in the greater Olympia community.
- Our congregation stands with those who are homeless, providing safe shelter. Our Religious Education program provides our children and youth a religious home and community in which awareness, tolerance, and personal growth in spirituality can be nurtured and developed according to each child’s unique nature.
- Our Music program provides inspiration and spiritual experience for the congregation, the choir and the greater community.
- Our Adult Education Program fosters life-long learning and personal spiritual growth.
Who we are as Unitarian Universalists...
The roots of Unitarian Universalism lie in Judaism and Christianity. We honor these and other religious traditions but are not bound by them. We seek truth from many sources, including science and our own experiences. Unitarian Universalism encourages independent thought and belief. Unitarian Universalists do, however affirm and promote the following 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.
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