The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Hudson Valley has
provided a safe place for religious exploration for more than half a century. We are proud of our living, liberal religion, of the growth opportunities we offer all who enter our church, and of the welcome we strive to provide to all people.
We welcome you here on the Web with the words we use every
Sunday in our Sanctuary:
Whether you have been with us a decade or this is your first time visiting, we welcome you.
Whatever the faith and traditions of your past, we welcome you.
Whatever your theological stance, we welcome you.
Whoever you are and whomever you love, we welcome you.
Whatever your heritage, we welcome you.
What is Unitarian Universalism?
Unitarian Universalism is a liberal, living religion that believes that each of us is on a journey of uncovering and discovering who we are and what we believe.
As a result, our religion is open to all who seek.
We believe that the journey of our lives is best undertaken in community, and so we are committed to partnering each other along that journey of growth with openness, love, and compassion.
We believe that together we can make meaning of our own lives and change this world for the better.
About the UUA
In 1961, the American Unitarian Association and the Universalist Church of America consolidated to form one entity, The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). 1,041 congregations are members of the UUA. Each one is self-governing, but they come together at the association level in order to make possible services and opportunities individual congregations would be unable to offer.
To learn more about the UUA, click here.
Our Seven Principles
Unitarian Universalists affirm and promote seven principles. These principles grew out of grassroots movements and were affirmed by democratic vote on the national level. They are not dogma or doctrine, but rather a set of aspirational statements that unite UUs across the nation as we walk our individuals paths toward wisdom, strength of character, authentic living, and wholeness.
The seven principles are:
1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our conregations and in society at large;
6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all;
7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Our Six Sources
Unitarian Universalists believe that truth is unfolding and can be found in many quarters. We draw from six sources in our quest for meaning:
1. 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;
2. 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;
3. Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
4. Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
5. Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
6. Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.